Wild blueberries named ‘crown jewels’ of healthful foods

Posted Feb. 15, 2010, at 9:16 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Health magazine has named wild blueberries high on its list of America’s Healthiest Superfoods for Women.

The feature, running in the magazine’s January-February 2010 issue, singles out wild blueberries’ potential health benefits, including preventing memory loss, improving motor skills, lowering blood pressure and fighting wrinkles.

“If berries are nutritional treasures, wild blueberries are the crown jewels … truly one of nature’s ultimate anti-aging foods,” the magazine says, giving wild blueberries the second-highest slot on its superfoods list.

Wild blueberries have been found to have a higher level of antioxidants than most other fruits by USDA research findings and by such respected publications as the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.

The magazine reports that when Cornell University scientists recently devised a new method of testing the antioxidant activity in foods, wild blueberries scored the highest marks. A USDA study indicated that the benefits of eating just one serving of wild blueberries equaled those of eating two to three servings of other fruits and vegetables, such as spinach, apples and broccoli.

Maine is the No. 1 producer of wild blueberries in the world, growing over 90 million pounds in recent years.

For information, visit wildblueberries.com.

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