I'm Jackie Arnett, registered dietician, and this is blueberry supplements versus fruit. Blueberries are touted as one of the richest sources of antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which are purported to reduce inflammation and protects against heart disease and cancer. Because of these benefits, many people turn to blueberry supplements to increase their intake. But there's three things you need to know about blueberry supplements, especially compared to lovely and delicious blueberries. The first thing is supplement quality .You want to make sure you know the supplement brand and read the ingredients. Watch out for harmful preservatives, food coloring or any added sugars that they might add for flavoring. The second thing you want to watch out for blueberry supplements is any side effects or interactions, particularly with blueberry supplements, they help lower blood sugar. So, if you are a diabetic and you're taking diabetic medication, you want to make sure that it doesn't interact with that and you should check with your doctor. And, there's also other side effects you should check with depending on whatever medical condition you have or medications you're taking. The third thing you want to look out for is just the effectiveness. Blueberry supplements are still being researched along with a lot of other supplements. And, supplements will never have certain things like enzymes. Blueberries have enzymes which breakdown the cell walls of the blueberries so that all the nutrients come out. Supplements don't have enzymes and we're not always too sure about how effective they are. So, you should try to take blueberry supplements but make sure with your doctor if it's alright for you. And, in the meantime, still eat blueberries.