Health Benefits of Blueberries
Did you know that blueberries happen to be one of the single best fruits that you can eat? These tasty little treats provided by nature really pack a ton of benefits into such a small blue package. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants. There is no other berry that even comes close to having the same amount of antioxidants. There are even more benefits to this beautiful blue fruit, let’s dig a little further under that blue skin and see what kind of treasures we can uncover.
They may be small in size, but that is where the word small stops describing blueberries. Every single part of the human body could benefit from the many positive aspects of this one simple blue fruit. Blueberries are quite simply, good for your whole body. There is no magic involved. The benefits are just stacked in their favor.
Everyone knows that consuming large amounts of calories can lead to unhealthy weight gains. Most people have a difficult time finding foods that taste great, but are also low in calories. Here is a newsflash for you, one cup of blueberries has less than 100 calories. For comparison eight ounces or one cup of plain salted potato chips have a whooping 1242 calories!
Blueberries are also high in good fiber. Fiber is essential to a healthy diet. It helps you properly digest food, but here is the tricky part. Your body can’t digest every part of the fiber like it can fats and proteins. These parts just pass right through, but they take some of the bad stuff with them like cholesterol and fats.
One serving of blueberries can also provide you with ¼ of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C can help keep you immune system strong.
Blueberries are also like high octane fuel for your brain. They can help repair, restore and maintain a healthy nervous system. Blueberries have been proven to prevent the death of brain cells. They will also give your memory a boost and keep you fresh for long periods of time.
If seeing is believing then open your eyes to the positive effects that blueberries have on vision. Blueberries are loaded with flavonoids and anthocyanosides. Both of these chemical elements have been proven to slow vision degradation and actually prevent common eye disorders like: cataracts, myopia and macular degeneration. All in favor of more blueberries, say eye!
We have covered the brain and eyes. What other major organ or organs do blueberries have great benefits for? There is that one organ that somehow manages to keep blood flowing through out your entire body. What was that called again? The heart. Blueberries are known to prevent heart disease. They are loaded with anthocyanins. They have even more anthocyanins than red wine. If you are drinking a glass of red wine because it is good for your heart. Try a handful of blueberries for an even better result.
There are even more benefits for other types of circulatory problems. Blueberries have been known to reduce varicose veins, hemorrhoids and even ulcers.
Just like everything else, don’t go on a crazy blueberry eating binge, thinking that you will reap all of these great rewards. For the best results eat them in moderation, and eat them without milk. Milk can limit the power of the antioxidants. So if you are eating blueberries with cereal, you are not getting the full effects. Eating too many blueberries can actually cause problems for anyone that has a history of kidney stones or gallstones.
Add blueberries to your shopping list and always try to get fresh blueberries from the produce section. The fresher the berry, the more powerful the effects. If you can’t get them fresh, frozen blueberries will work just fine.