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Blueberry madness

My excellent wife went to Cosco on Saturday and was thoughtful enough to bring home 2.75 pounds of blueberries. At Cosco you can only buy really huge amounts of food.

Now, I love blue berries. Back in high school I used to have a piece of cheese cake topped with blueberries 5 times a week. It was great!

Here it is Wednesday and all the blueberries are gone, eaten by me. It made me wonder, are blueberries actually good for a world class joggler wannabe? Here’s what my research found.

  1. Blueberries are good for the brain. According to James Joseph, PhD from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston, blueberries enhance the communication within the nervous system delaying the onset of brain wasting diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzeihmer’s diseases. Essentially, these little babies make you smarter.
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  2. Blueberries are an excellent recovery food. The folks over at the Running Network say that this is so. It’s because of they are a rich source of carbohydrates. Who am I to argue? I love blueberries and if the help with my recovery, even better.
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  3. Blueberries are high in nutrients. This just means that all of those vitamins and minerals you’re supposed to be taking in everyday can be obtained by eating blueberries. They’re also low in calories, high in fiber, and low in sugar. Who knew they were such great foods?
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  4. Blueberries improve your balance. In the study that Dr. Joseph did above, his group also found that blueberries can significantly improve your balance. Balance is particularly important for people who run, joggle, or even learn to juggle.

So it turns out eating nearly 3 pounds of blueberries in 4 days wasn’t such a bad thing after all. No wonder I’ve felt so much smarter the last few days. If you haven’t had blueberries in a while, get out there and get eating. I just might have to go to Cosco and get me another 3 pounds.

For more about blueberries see “Eat your blueberries” over at iVillage.com.

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