The latest research from the City University of New York may be interesting for people who eat blueberries for their antioxidant content, as well as those who take dietary supplements for the same reason. According to a recent study, wild blueberries grown in Central America may contain even more healthy nutrients than their American counterparts.
Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that of more than 600 varieties of the berry growing in Mexico and other Central and South American regions, two in particular are bursting with antioxidants.
These species, which are called Anthopterus wardii and Cavendishia grandifolia, are less common than those grown in the United States but contain much higher concentrations of two healthful antioxidants.
As chemical reactions take place in the body, highly charged ions can be created as products. These molecules, called free radicals, can do damage to genetic material. Antioxidants neutralize these ions, preventing cellular damage that would otherwise accelerate aging and contribute to less-than-optimal health.
By taking a daily herbal supplement, individuals who have limited access to exotic fruits may still get all the antioxidants they want.