Blueberries: Cancer Fighter, Beauty Enhancer

The little blue fruit has had quite a year as researchers continue to find ways it boosts health internally and externally. The high antioxidant content (higher than nearly all other fruits) and anti-inflammation properties found in blueberries act as anti-aging agents, fighting off environmental hazards to the skin, protecting the skin from sun damage and even preventing wrinkles. Some studies suggest that eating blueberries regularly can even help improve acne-prone skin. We've even highlighted some beauty products that take advantage of this benefit, like Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment.

Internally, blueberries have been found to boost weight-loss efforts, cardiovascular health, maintain vision, aid in digestion and improve brain function, particularly memory. This week, researchers revealed the effects of blueberries on breast cancer. They found that mice fed blueberry powder saw a significant reduction in the growth and spread of triple negative breast cancer cells, an aggressive form of the disease that affects 10 percent to 15 percent of breast cancer patients.

Mice that were fed 5 percent freeze-dried blueberry powder had breast cancer tumors that were 75 percent smaller that those found in the control group that wasn't fed the blueberry powder.

To get similar protection, a human would need to eat two cups of blueberries a day. Fresh is definitely best, but berries that are flash frozen retain their antioxidant levels. Any other form of berry that has been processed (canned, juiced, preserves) will lose their nutrient benefits.

So what are you waiting for? Sprinkle some on your cereal, blend some in a smoothie or top your morning yogurt with a handful!