Information on juicing Blueberry
Blueberries are highly popular in smoothies but they can also be juiced. Blueberries are one of the 14 health benefiting foods that are listed in the book SuperFoods: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life that is written by Dr Stephen Pratt.
Recent scientific studies in both America and Europe have found that blueberries are heavyweight health promoters as they contain huge amounts of antioxidants that have been linked to more youthful skin, disease prevention and improved memory as well as other cancer preventing substances, vitamins and fibre.
The 'blue' colour of blueberries is caused by the presence of anthocyanins (there are at least 5 types of anthocyanins in Blueberries). These anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants and are so prevalent in blueberries that they make blueberries sit right at the top level of the 'antioxidant champion food tree' containing more antioxidants than other 'super foods' such as broccoli and carrot.
Antioxidants are effective at neutralising free radicals. Free radicals are found in increasing numbers as our bodies get older and are responsible for damaging our bodyâ€™s cells and DNA. Studies in the US have found that the effect of free radical neutralisation by eating blueberries can slow the process of ageing as well as help prevent cancer. This means that many people wanting to find natural ways to younger looking skin (no plastic surgery here) are making blueberry smoothies and juices.
Blueberries also contain other phytochemicals that have been linked to decreasing the risk of cancer such as resveratrol and ellagic acid.
Like the wild blackberry, blueberries can be used to treat diarrhoea as they contain tannins and the soluble fibre pectin.
Another benefit of using blueberries is that they can help prevent urinary tract infection as outlined in a study at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Drinking blueberry smoothies and juices could also help reduce mental ageing. One study at USDA Human Nutrition Center by Jim Josephs (Director of neuroscience laboratory) was conducted on feeding mice blueberries, the mice that ate blueberries every day showed memory and exploratory areas and that their brains showed less oxidative stress and better retention of signal transmitting neurones when compared with the control mice that had not been fed blueberries.
Blueberries will store for a few days in the refrigerator and they can also be frozen. When selecting blueberries look for firm berries and avoid ones that show signs of squashing or sogginess due to sitting in water / perishing. Fresh blueberries are best and it is easy to maintain some blueberry bushes in your garden. They can be planted in pots or in open ground and require very little maintenance.
To use Blueberries in your juicing and smoothie making routines simply wash them and inspect them for signs of burrowing insects such as small caterpillars. Remove any blueberries that have started to show signs of mould formation or perishing. If using frozen blueberries then allow them to partially thaw before adding them to your smoothie.
When making smoothies, Banana and Vanilla are two popular flavours that are commonly used in conjunction with Blueberries.
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