Clark Kent isn’t the only superhero flying high in July. Blueberries, though not known for leaping tall buildings in a single bound, help pummel roaming gangs of free radicals, slow down macular degeneration and may even avert Alzheimer’s disease, according to information compiled by the Oregon Blueberry Commission.
The antioxidant qualities of blueberries are well-known, and the berries also pack a bunch of fiber and vitamins A and C (and only 40 calories) into each 1 /2-cup serving.
But these edible blue jewels have so much in the way of phytonutrients they have made the lists of “super foods” everywhere. And why not, nutritionists say, when blueberry boosters claim the fruit can improve vision, clear arteries, fight disease, strengthen blood vessels, enhance memory, stop urinary tract infection, and — probably the biggest motivator of the masses — promote weight loss.
Besides which, they make great muffins.
There’s no better time to look for U.S. blueberries in your local grocery store. May, June, July and August are blueberry harvest months, and this year is projected to be a banner crop. Oregon alone expects to produce 40 million pounds of the little blue superheroes.
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