Consuming a cup of fresh,raw blueberries everyday can help prevent cell damage linked to cancer,according to a new study.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants,flavonoids and other vitamins that help prevent cell damage.
Antioxidants protect cells by stabilizing free radicals and can prevent some of the damage they cause, says Laura Newton M.A.Ed.,R.D.,an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Studies suggest that antioxidants may help prevent the free-radical damage associated with cancer, she said.
Blueberries also are rich in vitamin C,which helps the immune system and can help the body to absorb iron. Vitamin C also helps to keep blood vessels firm,offering protection from bruising, Newton says.
Blueberry juice and other products may be nutritious but often contain less fiber than the whole fruit,and added sugar or corn syrup may decrease their nutritional value.
Fresh,raw blueberries provide the most benefits; the average serving size of raw blueberries is one cup,which contains about 80 calories.