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Blueberries have been heralded as a remarkably healthy food, in part because they’re exceptionally rich in antioxidants, a category of nutrients that are vital  to our survival. Antioxidants help protect us against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and premature aging. Studies show that blueberries help us have stronger, cleaner arteries; better vision and memory; a healthier weight; fewer urinary tract infections; and less overall risk of heart disease.

Researchers at the USDA have identified pterostilbene (pronounced “tero-STILL-bean”) as a key substance in blueberries that gives them their therapeutic qualities. And it may be the next “big thing” to help keep us in good health.

 

CONTROLLING OXIDATION

Among other things, pterostilbene is an antioxidant that’s particularly effective at combating free radicals-waste molecules in the body that are missing an electron. Antioxidants come from two sources: some are naturally produced in our bodies, and we get others through our DIET. Problems arise if either one of these sources is inadequate.

Traditional antioxidants, such as vitamin C (from diet and supplements) work by donating an electron to a free-radical. But while such nutrients are undoubtedly necessary, they’re only part of the equation. “The new way of reducing oxidation is taking substances that stimulate your body to make antioxidants,” says Kent Holtorf, MD, anti-aging specialist, founder and medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group in California, and a reviewer and quest editor for several medical journals. Remember, blueberries are heavily sprayed with pesticides. In my opinion the best blueberries are the organic variety. I feel they even taste better. I find that many fruits with pesticides have a bitter after kick or taste.

 

Ancient Remedy: Pterostilbene has been an ancient remedy. It has been used for thousands of years in Indian Ayurvedic medicine as a blood tonic.

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