A team of Italian researchers have discovered that the polyphenols in wild blueberries support the growth of the healthy flora in our intestines. Study participants had significantly more healthy bacteria in their digestive tracts after just 6 weeks of drinking wild blueberry juice daily.
We need to rebuild our good bacteria after we’ve taken antibiotics or other medications that damage our flora. We need those organisms in our intestines to support digestion and immune function.
Eating yogurt and taking probiotic supplements is only part of the solution, we also need prebiotics which help those little buggers colonize. Wild blueberries are available in most grocery stores in the freezer section. Just 1/2 cup of wild blueberries each day is enough to help stabilize gut flora. I add them to smoothies, yogurt and pancake batter.