Antioxidants are truly invaluable in terms of their protection against oxidative cell damage that often leads to debilitating diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease just to name a few. Antioxidant rich foods produce anti-inflammatory effects in the body, helping to prevent diseases. Alaskan Blueberries have come to be recognized as having 3 to 5 times higher levels of oxygen radical absorption capacity than blueberries cultivated in 48 other states. In tests performed through the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston Massachusetts, studies have proven that the Alaskan blueberries outperform 39 different fruits and vegetables in antioxidant power.
Much of the power of these blueberries can be attributed to their deep, rich color. Alaskan blueberries have a deeper pigmented blue, due to the high levels of Anthocyanins. This adds to the potency of the antioxidant levels, adding rich sources of vitamin C, potassium, and other trace minerals essential to the body. Vitamin C is vital to tissue growth and repair and forms proteins that make blood vessels and skin. It can also heal wounds, repair cartilage and teeth.
Besides having the high levels of antioxidant properties, Alaskan blueberries also have a low glycemic-index, are low in carbohydrates, and do contain healthy amounts of fiber. There are also many versatile ways to enjoy this versatile fruit. They may be eaten raw, made into pies, jams, drinks, and teas, although cooking the fruit down does take away some of its natural antioxidant properties.