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Exercise hailed a ‘miracle’ cure

It should be no surprise to regular readers of All About Health that exercise is important for health. But a report commissioned by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges confirms just how important it is to stay active if you want to prevent a range of illnesses.

Here’s what the report suggests are the benefits of doing just 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week:

  • Up to 25 percent reduction in breast cancer risk
  • Up to 45 percent reduction in bowel cancer risk
  • Up to 30 percent reduction in dementia risk
  • Up to 30 percent reduction in stroke risk
  • Up to 40 percent reduction in heart disease risk

Blueberries are often called a superfood because they’re packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Here’s what you should know about this potent little fruit that originates from North America:

  • Very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, blueberries are also a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and the mineral manganese.
  • They are also prized for the antioxidants they contain, most notably substances called anthocyanins (these are the pigments that give blueberries their distinctive dark blue/purple colour).
  • Blueberries are also a good source of fibre, with around 4g fibre per 50 berries (aim to eat at least 18g fibre a day).

(Source: NutritionData.com)