8 reasons to love blueberries

This tiny fruit can do big things for your body

By Jackie DavisJackie Davis

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It’s blueberry time, and here are eight reasons to indulge yourself. Eating blueberries may:

1. Boost memory

Drinking blueberry juice for 12 weeks improved memory in older adults.

2 . Protect against heart disease

A blueberry diet reduced narrowing of the blood vessels in lab rats.

3. Shrink that gut

Rats that ate blueberry powder lost belly fat, even while on a high-fat diet.

4 . Cut cholesterol

Pigs fed blueberries had lower cholesterol. (Hey, could this make bacon healthier?)

5. Reverse age-related decline

Blueberry and other fruit and veggie extracts improved the motor skills of older rats.

6. Reduce hyperglycemia

Eating blueberry compounds alleviated symptoms of hyperglycemia in diabetic mice.

7 . Save the brain from stroke

When fed blueberries, rats lost fewer neurons to stroke.

8 . Prevent cancer

In rats given a carcinogenic chemical, compounds found in blueberries suppressed colon-cancer precursors.

This article was originally published on June 15, 2010

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