Blueberries May Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

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Blueberries have to be one of my favorite foods on the planet. In fact, blueberries are the one thing that I absolutely will not go a day without eating. I love them that much.

Lucky for me, blueberries are typically easy to come by in the U.S., as they are native to North America, and they are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. Studies have shown that blueberries have the highest levels of active antioxidants per serving of any food.

Blueberries also contain a high concentration of proanthocyanidin compounds which can slow the growth and spread of cancer cells. Blueberries also contain anthocyanins which protect against gastroenteritis and diarrhea, may prevent cardiovascular disease, and improve eye health.

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Hard-Core Blueberry Smoothie

I don’t drink sports drinks or much of anything besides water. However, I do occasionally enjoy a nice refreshing smoothie from time to time.hardcoreblueberrysmoothie One of my favorite drinks is my Hard-Core Blueberry Smoothie. I call it “hard-core” because I usually drink it either prior to my strength-training sessions or between strength-training and cardio. I also call it hard-core because, as you’ll see below, one of the ingredients is a pineapple core (Aren’t I so clever?). ;-)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Blueberries (organic)
  • 1 cup Dandelion Greens (organic)
  • 1 cup Ice (approx. 6 ice cubes)
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 thin slices Ginger (approx. 2 grams)
  • 1 Pineapple core (optional, if you’re sensitive to citrus)

Preparation:

  1. Place all of your ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and secure the lid.
  2. Select variable 1.
  3. Turn on the blender and quickly increase speed to 10.
  4. Blend on high for about 30 to 45 seconds, or until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

(Yields 2 cups or 500 ml)

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