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Blueberries not only taste great; they are also an excellent source of phytonutrients, especially the potent antioxidants known as anthocyanins, which give the berries their color. Other phytonutrients in blueberries include caffeic acids, coumaric acids, quercetin, pterostilbene, and resveratrol, among others, and virtually all of them work together to provide both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Blueberries have been shown to help lower cholesterol, support blood vessel health, improve memory, promote eye health, and perhaps even offer some anticancer benefits. But domestic conventionally grown blueberries are a source of pesticides residues as well, so look for organic varieties.
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