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31 .   Blueberries - Pleading for health

Authors: P.C. Tarkanyi, D.M. Bordean, A. Catargiu, M.A. Poiana

Volume 25, Issue 4;
Pages: 187-194; 2019
ISSN: 2069-0053 (print) (former ISSN: 1453-1399), Agroprint;
ISSN (online): 2068-9551



Abstract:

Offering many health benefits, in addition to nutrition, blueberries are considered "super fruits". Major compounds, which promote health in vegetable foods, are polyphenolic compounds. Apart from the fact that they are potent antioxidants in vitro, more recently their health benefits have been discovered, but not related to the total antioxidant capacity. Cancer, diabetes and reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease are some of the benefits of blueberries. Due to the mechanical properties, which contribute to the epidemiological benefits, blueberries are beneficial for the management of inflammation, stimulation of xenobiotic and antioxidant metabolizing enzymes, as well as to increase the effects after the physical exercises. The main polyphenols in blueberries are anthocyanins. The consumption of blueberries beans would be beneficial for health, due to the content of this phytochemical group. The aim of the scientific paper is to answer to the following questions: are blueberries really “superfood”. Might the consumption of berries be associated with an increased risk of contamination? In addition, which is the best form of consuming blueberries fresh or dry?Having all the necessary satisfaction factors, blueberries play an important role because the current society, the health conscious one, focuses on the nutritional quality of the food, thus desiring good quality processed foods. Deeply rooted in terms of traditional use and popular knowledge about beneficial effects, blueberries remain a popular consumer product in their fresh form.

Keywords: bioactive components, anthocyan, polyphenols, antioxidants, pesticides

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