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July is National Blueberry Month

Little blueberries are big deal in July

July is National Blueberry Month. To celebrate this occasion, here are some “juicy” facts about these little blue gems and their effect on your dental and overall health.

  • Blueberries have more anti-oxidants than any other fruit. Anti-oxidants can boost your immune system and help fight infections.
  • The chlorogenic acidfound in blueberries helps lower blood sugar levels and controls blood-glucose levels in Type 2 diabetics.
  • In addition to necessary minerals like manganese, copper, iron and zinc, blueberries also contain a good amount of potassium, an important component of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Blueberries contain a dark pigment called anthocyanin that can permeate dental enamel and stain your teeth.
  • Blueberries contain polyphenols. These beneficial acids interfere with bacteria’s ability to adhere to tooth surfaces. Since bacteria causes gum disease and tooth decay, blueberries can improve your dental health.

Although the potential health benefits of blueberries are great, their bacteria-fighting properties aren’t enough to achieve and maintain your optimal smile. It’s still important to brush twice a day, floss once a day and schedule regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist.

Read more about National Blueberry Month and research studies on the health benefits of blueberries at http://www.nabcblues.org/.

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