Vital Signs: Blueberries add superfood to college diet

By Victoria Giardina
Columnist

Students can buy fresh fruit from the C-Store (Flickr).

You may see these juicy superfoods at the grocery store, but why pick blueberries up? After all, baking up a blueberry pie may not be on your to-do list as a college student. But here’s why you shouldn’t pass up this healthy fruit.

Blueberries Are An Antioxidant Powerhouse

You may have heard that blueberries are a good source of antioxidants, but what does that actually mean? Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which are “molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to aging and diseases, such as cancer,” according to Healthline. While these health benefits are not as visible, blueberries can fill your body with plenty of goodness.

Blueberries Can Improve Memory

Do you have to memorize over 100 vocabulary terms for your biology class? Blueberries will not guarantee you that A, but they are known to give you a memory boost! A 2012 study of over 16,000 individuals by the American Neurological Association found that blueberries are connected to almost three years of mental aging prevention. So it may be a good idea to toss a crate of blueberries into your shopping cart.

Where You Can Find Blueberries on Campus

If you don’t have access to a grocery store as a college student, the C-Store next to Eickhoff Hall has shipments of blueberries and other fresh fruits on a routine basis. You can also pick up blueberry muffins from on-campus cafés for a sweet, healthy treat.

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