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With their tiny size, delicious flavor, and major antioxidant properties, blueberries are like little gems! From heart disease to memory loss, blueberries help fight off illness, while adding color to your life!
Whole Body Support: Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. They are a good source of fiber and copper and contain the highest amount of antioxidants than any other fruit, which work to neutralize free radicals.
Here is a list of proven benefits that a daily intake of blueberries can provide:
Cardiovascular Benefits: Daily blueberry intake has been shown to regulate cholesterol levels and, in individuals with high blood pressure, blueberry intake has significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressures making vessels more elastic.
Cognitive Benefits: Blueberries reverse age-related memory loss.
Lowers Blood Sugar: Blueberries have a very low glycemic index and can regulate blood sugar levels.
Eye Health: The anthocyanins in blueberries protect the retina from unwanted oxygen damage reducing the potential for macular diseases and will help with dryness and infections.
Anti-cancer Benefits: Blueberries combat free radicals and block tumor cells from forming.
Bladder Aid: Like cranberries, blueberries contain compounds that prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder walls, which helps ward off urinary-tract infections.
Vitamin C: The best-known antioxidant, vitamin C offers a wide-variety of health benefits, protecting your body by keeping capillary walls and blood vessels firm; and helping in the absorption of iron and folate . One serving of blueberries gives you 25 % of your daily value.
Blueberries for Baby: Blueberries are not a common allergen and can be safely introduced around 6-8 months. Puree with breast milk and feed immediately or freeze for later use or make into baby pops for teething baby! You may also choose from a variety of blueberry snacks for baby that are so convenient for busy moms! Also try children multivitamins to receive additional antioxidants.
Prenatal and Lactating Women: Blueberries are low in fat, 80 calories per cup and loaded with fiber to keep you fuller longer. Blueberries make for smart snacking. Puree with spinach for an energizing breakfast smoothie. You will also receive your daily recommended amount of antioxidants from prenatal multivitamins.
Kale is a nutritional Superstar with these three major components: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, much needed micro nutrients and cancer-preventive nutrients.
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Nutrients
In addition to conventional antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese, kale also provides us with at least 45 different flavonoids, including kaempferol and quercetin. Many of the flavonoids in kale are known to function as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds.
Fiber and Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fiber and omega-3s are two macronutrients provided by kale in impressive amounts. It only takes 200 calories worth of kale to provide 14 grams of fiber. From less than 100 calories worth of kale, we can get over 350 milligrams of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the basic building block for all omega-3 fats.
Kale is an especially rich source of glucosinolates, and once kale is eaten and digested, these glucosinolates can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds.
Also worth noting kale contains nearly twice the amount of vitamin K as most of its fellow cruciferous vegetables.
In addition, kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and manganese. Also being a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, iron, magnesium, vitamin B1, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, protein, folate, and niacin.
For Babies: Steam and puree kale, we suggest you use a baby food mill. Freeze in 2-4 oz. baby freezing trays (made specifically for baby food that is safe for freezing and heating for sterilization). Combine with organic infant multigrain cereal.
When you are just plain tuckered out or for when you are planing for a long day you can also use the popular Sili Squeeze and pair it with organic Green Puffs for a wholesome snack. Other combinations suggested include: broccoli, blueberries, bananas, peaches. Suit to your babies liking.
Prenatal and Lactating Women: We recommend steaming kale for five minutes. Enjoy kale and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times a week, serving size two cups.
If kale just so happens to be unappealing to you during your pregnancy you can always choose to receive the benefits of kale with food based multivitamins such as Prenatal Multivitamins and Embrace Prenatal 35+, both by Rainbow Light and Certified Organic.