Fruits Vegetables
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Blueberry, Vaccinium myrtllus / Ericaceae
Benefits for the health
The blueberry is a good source of iron, fibre and vitamin C. A 125 g ration corresponds to 15% of the daily recommended vitamin C consumption. The blueberries are free from cholesterol and fat and they are low in calories. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects from various types of cancer, intensifying the immunological activity.

The blueberries contain a bactericidal substance that may protect from cystitis (the bladder inflammation). Potassium plays an important role in the metabolism of the energy; its lack leads to muscular weakness and mental disorders and it also results in bad heart functioning.
Popular tradition
Fresh blueberries are beneficial to treat various gastrointestinal disorders. The dry abstract helps to restore cardiovascular affections; the blueberry capsules are beneficial for sight problems.

If fresh blueberries are eaten with milk or sugar they foment the intestinal and gastric secretions, chiefly the pancreas. Moreover, they are rich in anthocyans, making them suitable to fight diarrhoeas, apart from acting as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic in gastrointestinal diseases.

Various derivatives of this fruit are used for medicinal purposes, like the dry extract, that is used in certain medicinal preparations treating diverse cardiovascular afflictions. The blueberry capsules are marketed to improve micro-circulation and certain sight disorders like hemeralopia, myopia and retinitis.
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