Antioxidant foods reduce the effects of free radicals - also called oxidative damage/stress, which plays a major role in disease formation. Some of the leading health problems facing us today — including conditions like heart disease, cancer and dementia — have been linked to increased levels of oxidative damage and inflammation. In simplest terms, oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to other chemical chain reactions that damage cells.
Just one cup of blueberries gives you 36% of your daily vitamin K, 25% of your vitamin C and manganese and 17% of your daily fibre requirements! All that with only 80 calories, virtually no fat, low sodium and moderate amounts of sugar (blueberries are a low GI food).
Blueberries protect against aging; protect and boost the brain; fight cancer; support digestion; boost ‘good’ bacteria; lower blood pressure; build and maintain healthy bones; promote healthy skin; prevent urinary tract infections; regulate insulin sensitivity; prevent heart disease and assist with weight loss.