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Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. But new research shows that blueberry fiber is also 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.
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.
Science Daily February 9, 2010
Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 2009;44(10):1213-25