Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleSharp rise in complaints indicate serious difficulty for the Western Trust – McCrossanNext articleImagine says broadband plans for west Donegal are on hold due to low uptake admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – July 22, 2016 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire A man in his 20s has died in a collision near Dunamanagh.The silver Peugeot in which he was travelling struck a bridge on the Longland Road at around 7.20am this morning.Another male who was also in the car was taken to hospital where he is currently receiving treatment for injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.The Longland Road remains closed between Cumber Road and Ballyarton Road.Local Councillor Patsy Kelly say it’s a notorious busy stretch of road:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/patsy530-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Pinterest Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter Man in his 20s dies following road traffic collision in Dunamanagh Facebook Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic
Photo: Gerard Krewer The peak of the annual blueberry harvest is under way in south Georgia, where farmers grow 4,500 acres of the healthful, nutritious berries. Fresh blueberries have always been delicious. And for years we’ve known that they’regood sources of vitamin C and fiber. Now we’re learning that they’re even better thanthat.Scientists at Tufts University in Boston have found that blueberries are one of theworld’s most healthful foods.Jim Joseph, Ron Prior, Barbara Shukitt-Hale and others conducted revealing research atthe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts.We’ve known for some time that damage by oxygen “free radicals” causes manyof the maladies that come with aging. “Antioxidants” are natural compounds thatdeactivate free radicals.A Powerhouse of AntioxidantsAnd guess what? The humble blueberry is a powerhouse of antioxidants.The story started many years ago when the Tufts scientists were screening fresh foodsfor their antioxidant activity. As they screened fruits and vegetables, they foundblueberries to be extremely high in antioxidants.The researchers then ran a study to find out if all blueberry species and varietiescontain antioxidants. They found that all of the blueberries they tested contained high tovery high levels of antioxidants.Georgia Blueberry BonanzaOne of the varieties highest in antioxidants is the world-famous ‘Tifblue,’ developedby Tom Brightwell at Tifton, Ga., in 1955. Tifblue is planted on 40 percent of Georgia’s4,500 blueberry acres.Georgia farmers are in the midst of their June-through-July harvest of these healthfulberries.The Tufts scientists have used Tifblue in a number of rat-feeding studies in the pastfew years. The blueberries were grown on farms in Clinch, Bacon and Appling counties andshipped frozen to Boston.The scientists found that putting lab rats on blueberry-rich diets slowed age-relatedlosses in their mental capacity, a finding with implications for humans.Older rats fed the equivalent of half a cup of blueberries a day were not only morecoordinated, but were smarter and had better memories than other rats in the same agerange.Georgia Blueberries in JapanMany Georgia blueberries are now shipped to Japan. One of the main reasons is that theJapanese are interested in blueberry health benefits.Of special interest to the Japanese is eye fatigue from lots of computer work.Researchers in Japan and other countries have found that blueberries reduce eye fatigue.The effect is probably due to compounds in the blueberries that strengthen the capillariesthat feed eye muscles and nerves.And there’s more. Cranberries and blueberries are closely related. Both contain acompound that helps prevent urinary-tract infections by preventing bacteria from attachingto the urinary-tract lining. The next time you go to the grocery store and see a container of fresh Georgiablueberries, buy them and eat them. Or at least take some home for your pet rat.