Don't you love blueberry season? I sure do. Especially when all I have to do is stroll out my back door and pluck these blue beauties from my bushes. Mmmmmm.....
I thought it interesting that MedlinePlus -- a consumer health information website by the National Institutes of Health -- has a fact sheet regarding the health implications of eating blueberries in the same format as their reports on medications. You can read it in it's entirety here, but here's a snippet:
Blueberry is a plant. People use the fruit and leaves to make medicine.
Be careful not to confuse blueberry with bilberry. Outside of the United States, the name “blueberry” may be used for a plant called “bilberry” in the U.S.
Blueberry is used for preventing cataracts and glaucoma and for treating ulcers, urinary tract infections (UTIs), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), colic, fever, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. Blueberry is also used for improving circulation, and as a laxative.
The site goes on to caution that there is insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for these conditions. But there's no doubt that these tasty berries are chocked full of good things. Read this found on WebMD:
Long before Fats Domino was crooning about "Blueberry Hill," Native Americans used the potent fruit to treat coughs. These tiny little gems do indeed pack a potent punch. They rank the highest of any fruit for antioxidants (those free-radical-fighting powerhouses), and one cup delivers 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber and nearly a quarter of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Continue reading here.There's good science behind the health claims made regarding blueberries. Check this comparative study abstract published in 2007 and found here:
Anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive properties of blueberry extract (Vaccinium corymbosum).
Torri E1, Lemos M, Caliari V, Kassuya CA, Bastos JK, Andrade SF.:
Considering that the crude extract of blueberry displayed antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity, its consumption may be helpful for the treatment of inflammatory disorders. Continue reading here.
It would appear that enjoying these as part of an anti inflammatory diet would be a good idea. Most of my blueberries have been eaten standing by the sink after a quick rinse-off of clean water. But since it appears I may have a bumper crop on my hands, I think it's time to look for a few great recipes.
What is your favorite way to enjoy this wonderful fruit? Share.