• Blueberries contain plant compounds called pterostilbenes, which are high in antioxidant content. Antioxidants protect the body from the effects of free radicals, which are molecules that can damage other cells and promote diseases such as cancer.
• The National Institutes of Health conducted a study which examined how a diet rich in blueberries might affect heart health. The study, conducted on rats and published in the June 2009 issue of “PLoS One,” showed that the blueberry-rich diet helped reduce inflammation within the heart and also reduced the risk of heart attack and heart failure. In the study, performed by the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center in Cincinnati, subjects were given blueberry juice for 12 weeks, at the end of which, noted benefits were improved learning ability, memory skills and blood sugar levels. Fewer symptoms of depression were also noted.
• Blueberry’s antioxidants have many potential benefits for the nervous system and for brain health; there is exciting new evidence that blueberries can improve memory.
• Tea made from the dried berries is used for sore throat and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth or the skin lining the throat.
• The dried fruits and leaves are used for diarrhea.
• Moreover, blueberry is used for preventing cataracts and glaucoma and for treating ulcers, urinary tract infections (UTIs), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), colic, fever, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids.