8 Health Benefits of Blueberries

For little round fruits, blueberries pack an abundance of health benefits. In fact blueberries are one of the most nutritious fruits you can consume. They are rich in nutrients, such as vitamin C, E, and K, antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. All these elements have bestowed upon the humble blueberry the title of ‘superfood.’ Below are eight ways blueberries add value to your health and wellness.

1.) Better immunity & gut health

Eating blueberries can help you build up your immune system, as well as, improve your gut health. Anthocyanins, which are a type of flavonoid or phytochemical, are what empower blueberries to impact your immune system and digestive tract. According to studies from the USDA, the anthocyanins in blueberries help improve gut health by providing a source of good gut bacteria, reducing gut inflammation and boosting your overall immunity.

2.) Lower Blood Pressure

Beyond improving your immunity and gut health, the anthocyanins found in blueberries aid in lowering your blood pressure. They do this by improving the function of cells that regulate your blood pressure.

3.) Improved Heart Health

The American Heart Association found that people who eat blueberries three or more times in a week have lowered their risk of heart attack by 32%. In addition, blueberries are filled with heart-healthy fibers, which help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

4.) Reduced Risk of cancer

Perhaps one of the greatest qualities of blueberries, besides their shape and color, is their wealth of antioxidants. In fact, out of all fruits and veggies blueberries are believed to have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants. Due to the fact that blueberries fight against illness and free radicals, which include cancer-causing molecules, they help lower your chances of becoming infected with cancer. In addition, research suggests that blueberries have the might to reduce DMA damage, which is a major culprit in causing and progressing cancer.

5.) Enhanced bone strength

The compounds found in blueberries, such as vitamin K, magnesium, and calcium all contribute to your bone strength and development.

6.) Diabetes Management

According to the American Diabetes Association, blueberries are the perfect snack for diabetics because they have a low glycemic index making them less likely to cause a spike in blood sugar.

7.) Healthier Skin

If you thought antioxidants are only good for improving your immune system and combating cancer, think again. The antioxidants contained in blueberries help keep your skin complexion clean, clear, and ageless.

8.) Advanced Cognitive function

It comes as no surprise that blueberries boost brain function. This concept has been nailed into our brains, but how blueberries help guard our minds may be less well-known. Blueberries can help reduce your chances of cognitive decline, improve your memory, and reduce depression symptoms.

Final Thoughts

Overall, blueberries are little orbs of power that can greatly bolster your physical and mental health and well-being

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June 3, 2020

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