Five Health Benefits Of Blueberries
Blueberries are one of those fruits that could only be found in the wild prior to 1900. It was then that scientists started realizing the best way to grow them on farms. The health benefits of blueberries have been known for quite some time. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are very good for you. So good, in fact, that they are sometimes classified as a “super food”. Whether you are eating them for your health or the taste, it is good to know some of the science behind the sweetness. Here are five, health-filled reasons you should eat these small fruits by the handfull.
HEALTHY FOR YOUR HEART
Because blueberries are high in fiber and antioxidants, they help to remove bad cholesterol from your body. By doing this, you lower your chances of getting diseases like arteriosclerosis – or a plaque build-up in your heart.This build up narrows the blood flow and hardens the arteries. In addition to combatting bad cholesterol, the nutrients in blueberries help promote healthy cardiac muscle tissue. Strong heart. Strong body.
HEALTHY FOR YOUR BRAIN
More than a few studies show blueberries improve brain function and may combat the start and/or progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The studies have shown that older adults that consume blueberries on a regular basis have less memory loss than those who avoid this fruit. The nutrients in blueberries include selenium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, anthocyanin, vitamins A, C, E and B complex. These nutrients all add to your brain health.
HEALTHY FOR YOUR WAISTLINE
Trying to lose weight? Then blueberries might help you! Besides being low in calories, blueberries have been shown to lower belly fat and decrease the size of the liver. While this may seem odd, enlarged livers have been linked to insulin resistance and diabetes, which may add to the health benefits of blueberries. Plus that, because they are low in calories, you can eat more of them without fear of adding inches to your waist. One cup of blueberries is only 84 calories and 14g of sugar compared to a cup of orange juice that has 110 calories and 22g of sugar!
HEALTHY FOR THE BODY
Everybody is always telling you that blueberries are full of antioxidants and that this is supposed to be good for you. Blueberries have the highest levels of antioxidants than any other fruit and are rich in vitamins C, A, E and B complex. What they don’t say is that blueberries are also antibacterial and antiviral. All of these elements will boost your immunity and help keep colds, infections and cancer causing free-radicals at bay.
The various vitamins, minerals and lutein found in blueberries are known to help maintain eye health. Blueberries also contain anthocyanosides, which reduce vision loss, eye strain and promote a healthy retina. But let’s not stop there. Blueberries have been found to be especially helpful in combatting colon, liver and ovarian cancer. Studies show that the antioxidants will also inhibit cancer cells from progressing and may promote death of certain cancer cells! Even more reason to eat your blueberries.