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Berries are Rich Source of Disease Fighting Plant Antioxidant

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Posted on Feb 16, 2003, 6 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Finnish researchers have found that berries are a rich source of the flavonoid quercetin, a plant antioxidant that may help to prevent cancer and heart disease. Dr Iris Erlund and colleagues at the country's National Public Health Institute discovered that eating 100 grams a day of blackcurrants, lingonberries, and bilberries for eight weeks caused blood levels of quercetin to rise between 32% and 51%.

Finnish researchers have found that berries are a rich source of the flavonoid quercetin, a plant antioxidant that may help to prevent cancer and heart disease. Dr Iris Erlund and colleagues at the country's National Public Health Institute discovered that eating 100 grams a day of blackcurrants, lingonberries, and bilberries for eight weeks caused blood levels of quercetin to rise between 32% and 51%. The best source of quercetin is yellow or red onion, berries contain a little less, although many have higher levels than tea and red wine, which are often marketed as good sources of the health-boosting compound. However, not all berries are rich sources of quercetin, good sources include cranberries, lingonberries, bilberries, and blackcurrant - of these cranberries contain the highest levels and blackcurrant the lowest.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003;57:37-42

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