Fruits such as Blueberries and those of a similar ilk are considered highly beneficial due to them containing flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and many other valuable compounds. The Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham are currently studying nutrient rich foods such as blueberries in the continuing search for ways to prevent cancer.
They are exploring the links between nutrition and the disease, as researches believe that eating a cupful of blueberries every day can prevent the cell damage that is linked to cancer. The antioxidants, vitamins, flavonoids and other compounds found in blueberries and similar fruits make them extremely beneficial health wise.
As associate professor in the Dept. of Nutrition at the University, Laura Newton MA, Ed, RD, says that antioxidants can protect cells by stabilizing the free radicals, and prevent some of the damage they can cause. There is clear evidence that free radicals can cause damage to cells, which is one of the major factors in cancer developing.
Newton, a licenced dietician who works extensively with cancer patients, added that studies suggest that antioxidants can help prevent the damage caused by free radicals that is associated with cancer.
“It is critical to include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet to ensure you receive a full spectrum of these beneficial compounds,” say Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, co-authors of the amazing rapid fat loss book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH). “It is widely accepted that fruits and vegetables contain compounds that are yet to be discovered or isolated. Vitamins, minerals and other man-made supplements will never be a good substitute for the real thing. Fruits and vegetables contain many different nutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids and other vitamins, so the greater the variety you have in your diet, the better.”
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