Blueberries are well-known, blue to purple colored fruits that are produced by Vaccinium corymbosum
, a flowering shrub that grows in the wild and cultivated as a food source for humans. Blueberries are an excellent source of several vitamins, beneficial plant compounds, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, blueberries are thought to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. The richest antioxidant sources in blueberries include anthocyanins (more than 15 different kinds identified), quercetin and myricetin.
: Bioactive extracts from blueberry byproducts have been found to be highly successful against Salmonella Typhimurium
from colonizing in the gastrointestinal tract of chicks.
Nutritional facts about blueberries (per 100 g) as provided by Nutritiondata.self.com
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Blueberries have been shown to significantly improve cognitive function and performance when incorporated into the diet.