Blueberries are highly nutritious, and are a very popular fruit.
There is reason Blueberries have the label of “Superfood.” They are low in calories and give you your dose of vitamin C.
But that is not the only reasons why you should add Blueberries to your diet.
Here are 5 more health benefits of Blueberries.
Blueberries Reduce DNA Damage Which May Help Protect Against Ageing And Cancer-
Oxidative DNA damage is a part of life. It is said to occur tens of thousands of times per day, in every single cell in the body.
The DNA damage is one of the reason we grow older, and it also plays a very important role in the development of diseases such as cancer.
Because Blueberries are high in antioxidants, they can neutralize some of the free radicals that cause damage to our DNA.
Also I read about a 4- week study, in which 168 participants were instructed to drink 1 litre (4 cups) of a mixture of Blueberry and Apple juice, every single day.
At the end of this study, Oxidative DNA damage due to free radicals was reduced by 20%.
This discovery has also been supported by an even smaller study using fresh Blueberries.
Blueberries Are Not Only Low In Calories But High In Nutrients-
The blueberry is a flowering shrub (medium sized plant) that produces berries that are coloured blue to purple, also known as blueberries.
It is related to similar shrubs, such as those that produce Cranberries and Huckleberries. Blueberries are small, and have a flared crown at the end.
At First Blueberries are actually green, but when ripened they are blue/ purple.
The two most common types are:
Highbush Blueberries-, which is mostly grown in America &…
Lowbush Blueberries- Which, is often referred to as “Wild” Blueberries. To spot the difference; these are typically smaller, but what you might not know is that they are also richer in some antioxidants.
Blueberries Are Good For Your Heart-
Eating Blueberries may lower blood pressure and Oxidized LDL. (Lipoproteins the “bad cholesterol”)
However, it’s important to realize that these are risk factors, not actual diseases.
What we really want to know is whether Blueberries help prevent hard end points like lets say a heart attack, which is the worlds biggest killer.
A study I read from 2013 said that 93,600 nurses, eating plenty of anthocyanins (The main antioxidants in Blueberries) were linked to 32% lower risk of heart attacks.
This was an observational study, so it cannot prove that the Blueberries caused the reduction in risk, but it seems likely given the known beneficial effects on risk factors.
Blueberries Maintain Brain Function And Improve Memory-
Blueberries boost concentration and memory for up to five hours.
This is because the antioxidants in Blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and Oxygen to your brain, and keep the mind fresh.
Blueberries also contain an anti-oxidant in Anthocyanis (found in blueberries).
There are other antioxidants such as Proanthocyanidins Resveratrol and Tannins.
While I’m not going to even pretend I know what those are, what I do know is that they have been shown to boosts focus, and even protect against cancer heart diseases and dementia.
Blueberries Help With Reduced Muscle Damage After Workouts-
Going hard on your exercises can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue.
This is driven, in part, by local inflammation and oxidative stress in the muscle tissue.
Blueberries really help with reducing damage that occurs at the molecular level, minimizing soreness and reduction in muscle performance.
In a small study of 10 female athletes, Blueberries accelerated muscle recovery after strenuous leg exercises.
I think it is clear to see that Blueberries are incredibly healthy and nutritious don’t you?
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