Benefits of Blueberries
Who would have thought that the tiny, innocuous looking blueberry would be a super food?
Blueberries contain a type of flavonoid which gives it the attractive blue, purple colour. It is also responsible for the various health benefits that blueberries provide. The size of the blueberry is outweighed by the multiple nutritional benefits it provides. Here we’re going to list out a few reasons why blueberries should be added to your diet to help you lead a healthier life!
- Slows down skin aging
Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C. One cup of blueberries provides us with 24% of our daily requirement. Collagen relies on vitamin C as an essential nutrient to help prevent damage induced by over exposure in the sun, pollution or smoke. It also improves collagen’s ability to reduce wrinkles and prevent the formation of fine lines. Blueberries contain a wide variety of minerals and vitamins which help fight acne. That’s why now several skin care products now contain blueberry extract because of the multidimensional benefits it provides.
- Eye care and macular degeneration
Blueberries contain antioxidants like carontenoids, flavonoids, vitamin A, E and C all of which promote ocular health. Blueberries can prevent various eye related problems like cataracts, myopia, hypermetropia, dryness, etc. It also helps prevent macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is serious problem where the retina of the eye degenerates gradually leading to partial or complete blindness. All in all blueberries are essential in maintaining healthy eyes.
- Boosts immunity
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Eating a cup of blueberries can seriously improve your immune system and help fight a variety of infections. Blueberries contain anthocyanin, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin B complex along with minerals like copper, zinc, iron and selenium. These help ward of innumerable infections.
- Improves brain function and prevents Alzheimer’s
Blueberries contain ‘neuro-protective agents’ like gallic acid. These protect our brain from degeneration, neurotoxicity and oxidative stress. Eating blueberries regularly also reduces cognitive decline, improves memory and motor function. The anti-oxidants called flavonoids in blueberries have the ability to reverse age related memory loss and prevent serious diseases like Alzheimer’s disease to an extent. By adding blueberries to your diet you can protect your brain cells from degeneration and keep your memory sharp for a long time.
- Prevents heart disease
Blueberry’s high fibre content and antioxidants help dissolve ‘bad cholesterol’ and strengthen cardiac muscles. These properties make blueberries a perfect dietary supplement to cure and prevent various heart diseases
- Protects against cancer
It is a fact that food rich in gallic acid can kill cancer without harming healthy cells. A great source of gallic acid is blueberries. They also contain anti-oxidants like anthocyanin, vitamin C, copper, etc. Adding blueberries to your diet can help slow down or even help fight cancer.
- Bladder aid
Blueberries contain substances called anti- adhesives which prevent bacteria like E. coli from binding to the wall of the bladder. This helps fight urinary tract infections. Blueberries have certain anti-biotic properties which help scrub the bacteria off the bladder wall and help fight UTIs.
- Aids digestion
Blueberries are a rich source of fibre and can help regulate digestion. Eating a handful of blueberries can promote the growth of good bacteria in the colon and aid digestion. It also helps prevent constipation. The vitamins and minerals stimulate the healthy digestive juices and help move food smoothly through your gastrointestinal track.
- Lowers blood pressure
Blueberries naturally lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure and raise HDL Cholesterol. It is essential to maintain a low sodium intake to keep blood pressure in check. Blueberries are free of sodium and contain potassium, calcium and magnesium all of which help reduce blood pressure
- Helps manage diabetes
The anthocyanin found in blueberries has a beneficial impact on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. Consuming blueberry juice or blueberry extract can help reduce insulin sensitivity and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The tiny little blueberry has the power to keep you healthy and fresh! This super food has no side effects and helps ward of so many different diseases. Its multi dimensional health benefits will protect you from a variety of health issues. So just add blueberries to your diet and lead a long, healthy life.