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Berry Good News for Bones

Blueberries provide lots of antioxidant compounds that are good for our general health, and a new study suggests that they may help strengthen bones, too. An animal study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has shown that baby rats fed foods containing 10 percent freeze-dried blueberry powder developed significantly more bone mass than baby rats who didn't get blueberry power in their food. Now researchers have to determine whether these same effects occur in humans. In other berry news, researchers from Italy and Spain published a study online on June 21 in the journal Food Chemistry showing that eating strawberries improves the antioxidant capacity in blood. The research team provided 12 healthy human volunteers 500 grams (about 17.6 ounces) of strawberries daily and took blood samples periodically over the span of a month. They concluded that the strawberries increased the response of red blood cells to counter oxidative stress, a biochemical process associated with disease. The team is now looking into the effects of eating smaller amounts of strawberries daily. If you want to increase your consumption of strawberries, be sure to buy organic ones - non-organic farming methods may yield berry crops that are high in pesticide residues.

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Reader Comments (4)

So, berries are not only tasty and nutritious (we already know it), berries are also good for bones. Thanks for the informative article.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHealth Blog

So, certified organic berries are not only delicious and nutritious (we already know it); they are also good for my bones, which is good to know. Thank you.

Berries in general are very high in toxic petrochemical pesticides, although not yet, genetically engineered to drink more herbicides. I always buy certified organic which are far healthier --are not sprayed with cancer causing chemicals --and taste delicious as well as being healthy for our bodies and the environment.

I want to reward farmers who save their own seeds and grow crops without economic poisons made from petrochemicals or genetically modified organism shot into altered DNA of seeds.

Thank you.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Snow

If there's a health habit I would want to participate in, eating berries would definitely be on top of that list. Though, I really feel wretched, since they are pretty expensive here. But I'll set out to find if I can find an alternative source, other than our groceries. Perhaps, there's a cheaper outlet out here.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan Spinato

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September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterConrad
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