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Blueberry Muffin Powerhouse

Eat more blueberries, a study from Tufts University in Boston suggests (Journal of Neuroscience, Sept. 15, 1999). The berries, rich in antioxidants, may actually help reverse some of the effects of aging. Cooking blueberries doesn't affect their antioxidant potential and may even give them a boost, say the Tufts researchers.

But it's best to eat those muffins while still warm; the cooked berries lose their benefits through oxidation. Letting fresh berries sit on the counter for too long leads to degradation as well. However, frozen wild blueberries are increasingly available as a good source of this power food. For more information, see our Nutrition Frontier piece: "Can Foods Actually Reverse Aging?"

Date Published: 04/16/2001
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