Blueberries are very rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, manganese, zinc, dietary fiber, iron. Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor. Recently, researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals. Our 100% pure freeze dried blueberry powder concentrates all this natural nutrition in an easy to use delicious convenient form.
Blueberry, like its relative the cranberry, might help prevent bladder infections by stopping bacteria from attaching to the walls of the bladder. Blueberry fruit is high in fiber which could help normal digestive function. It also contains vitamin C and other antioxidants.
In laboratory animal studies, researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age related conditions. Researchers found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones.
Phytonutrients called anthocyanidins in blueberries neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. Anthocyanins, the blue-red pigments found in blueberries, improve the integrity of support structures in the veins and entire vascular system. Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the effects of vitamin C, improve capillary integrity, and stabilize the collagen matrix (the ground substance of all body tissues). They work their protective magic by preventing free-radical damage, inhibiting enzymes from cleaving the collagen matrix, and directly cross-linking with collagen fibers to form a more stable collagen matrix.
Raw freeze dried Blueberry powder contain substances that have antioxidant strong properties. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals which are unstable molecules linked to the development of a number of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's. According to the USDA database of the antioxidant activity of selected foods (ORAC values), blueberries rank among the highest on a per serving basis. Polyphenols, specifically anthocyanins, give blueberries their blue hue and are the major contributors to the antioxidant activity of the fruit.
Some possible benefits of our raw freeze dried Blueberry powder may include:
● High antioxidant activity
● Combating Macular Degeneration
● Relieving both diarrhea & constipation
● Supports healthy heart function
● Blueberries are one of the few sources of ellagic acid
● Supporting healthy cholesterol levels
● Neutralizes free radicals which can affect disease & aging in the body
● Encouraging healthy memory and brain function.
● Improving digestion
● Promoting urinary tract health
● Protecting eye function
Suggested Use: Mix 2 teaspoons with juice, yogurt, or add to your favorite smoothie or recipes.
Botanical Name: Vaccinium Corymbosum
Other Names: Highbush Blueberry
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our freeze dried raw Blueberry powder passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers raw freeze dried Blueberry powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your freeze dried raw Blueberry powder in a cool, dark, dry place.
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