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Blueberry facts

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Blueberries are often touted for their nutritional benefits. Some of those benefits are well known, while others are more obscure.

* Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Antioxidants are responsible for neutralizing free radicals in the body, which can affect aging and contraction of diseases.

* Native Americans once called blueberries "star berries" because the blossoms make a star shape.

* Blueberry juice may help alleviate persistent coughs.

* Blueberries can help ease digestive issues and prevent constipation.

* Many people equate cranberries with urinary tract health, but blueberries are also good at reducing bacteria growth that causes urinary issues.

* Some believe that blueberries can help reduce belly fat.

* Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per 1 cup of blueberries.

* Blueberries were once used to make dyes and paints.

* America's favorite muffin is the blueberry muffin.

* Maine harvests almost all of the blueberries in the United States.

* Blueberries may help prevent damage caused by heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

* Blueberries are the official berries of Nova Scotia, Canada.

* The anthocyanin found in blueberries can help improve eyesight.

* Blueberries are one of the only foods that are naturally blue in color.

* The annual harvest of North American blueberries would cover a four lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer.

* Blueberries grow on a shrub that belongs to the heath family.

* There are approximately 30 different species of blueberries.

* Blueberries were not cultivated until the beginning of the 20th century, becoming commercially available in 1916.

* The white, powdery substance on blueberries is called "bloom." Bloom indicates fresh berries.

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