Blueberries Help Prevent Diabetes and Macular Degeneration

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New research published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that the bioactive ingredients in blueberries may help people fend off diabetes.

A study of people who were at risk for diabetes (obese and insulin-resistant but not yet diagnosed with diabetes) showed that consuming smoothies rich in blueberry bioactives twice per day for 6 weeks showed a 22% change in insulin sensitivity.  This was the first study of its kind to indicate that the nutrients in blueberries can help regulate insulin levels in at-risk adults.  It is believed that the flavonoids in blueberries – in particular anthocyanins and flavanols – are responsible for this positive effect.

Source: Nutraingredients

Blueberries are also great for the eyes as they are rich in antioxidants.  Studies have linked blueberries and other antioxidants to the prevention of macular degeneration.