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Blueberries Can Protect Against Intestinal Infections

Posted Feb 16 2010 12:00am

New research from the Lund University Faculty of Engineering in Sweden shows that blueberries are important and can alleviate and protect against intestinal inflammations, such as ulcerative colitis. The protective effect is even better if the blueberries are eaten together with probiotics, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, found in yogurt. The probiotics have a protective effect on the liver, an organ that is often negatively impacted by intestinal inflammations. Blueberries are rich in polyphenols, which have an antimicrobial and antioxidative effect. The combination of blueberries and probiotics reduced inflammation-inducing bacteria in the intestine at the same time as the number of health-promoting lactobacilla increased. Blueberries are not degraded to such a high degree in the large intestine. This means that inflammation-inducing substances do not come into contact with the mucous lining of the intestine but are embedded in the fiber of the berry which are then are transported out of body.

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