Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Super Powers Discovered for Blueberries

It's hard not to love blueberries. Not only are they deliciously sweet and tart, perfect for topping a yogurt parfait, a salad or for filling a pie, etc., but they're also ridiculously good for you. Most of the benefits we hear about when it comes to blueberries is that they are very high in antioxidants and fibre. That alone is enough for them to be considered a super food, but new research suggests that blueberries may also be good for our bones. Who would have thought?

According to new findings from the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Centre, there are compounds in blueberries that may help bones grow stronger and healthier. The researchers suspect that the same polyphenols that give blueberries their rich colour may also be responsible for this superfood's alternate super power.

Although this promising first round of research was performed using juvenile rats, the researchers are hopeful that the results of future research on humans will prove to be just as exciting. If they are, blueberries and their extracts could be used to help prevent or possibly treat issues related to bone mineral density and bone mass as well as possibly osteoporosis. While we wait, however, we can definitely still enjoy all the other benefits that beautiful blueberries have to offer!