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The Amazing Blueberry

By: Ada Polla Tray
Posted: June 6, 2008, from the February 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Once again, blueberries play a key protective role. Indeed, research has shown that quercetin and myricetin—two types of polyphenols found in blueberries—have iron-chelating properties, meaning that they inhibit the formation of free radicals stimulated by excess free iron and UV light.8

Positive effects

Blueberries exert three key effects on the skin, as illustrated in Positive Effects on the Skin. So it’s important to remember not only to eat your blueberries, but to put them on your face, as well!


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