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June Seasonal Feature: Blueberries

When Blueberries Are In Season

Blueberries are at their peak in the summer months. While they are native to North America, blueberries are grown worldwide, in countries such as Chile, Canada, and Australia. Like other fruits, you can buy blueberries fresh, frozen, or dried.

Ways You Can Add Them To Your Diet

Blueberries are very flexible. You can eat them alone, or add them to a number of recipes. Fruitsandveggies.org has a list of the Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Blueberries. Blueberries can easily be tossed into pancakes, waffles, smoothies, oatmeal, and even quesadillas! If you go the frozen route, you won’t have to worry about them spoiling on you as long as you keep them frozen. Not only are blueberries tasty, but they are superfoods. They are packed with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C. You know the saying, “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice?” Well, the darker the blueberry, the more antioxidants.

Antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Potassium Quick Notes

  • Antioxidants are a set of substances that can delay cell damage. Some vitamins, like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are antioxidants, as well as the mineral selenium. Antioxidants have been credited with slowing diseases such as macular degeneration, heart disease, and arthritis.
  • Vitamin C is most known for boosting the immune system which helps protect you from illnesses such as the common cold.
  • Potassium has a host of health benefits including lowering blood pressure, stabilizing blood sugar, maintaining muscle and nerve function, reducing muscle cramps, maintaining fluid balance, and supporting bone health.

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