They say that good things come in small packages — and that’s especially true for the blueberry. This little super-fruit packs a serious punch as an antioxidant powerhouse and a disease fighter, among its many other health benefits. Have you ever tasted a blueberry? Did you like its tangy taste? Most people do, and if you did, then you will like them even more in a few minutes. And those who don’t like it will start loving it once they’ll come to know the health benefits of this small berry.
Fresh blueberries are one of the most popular summer treats of all time. They are full of nutrients, and can be eaten freshly picked as well as incorporated into a variety of recipes. Now, without wasting much of time we directly move to the health benefits of this “Superfruit”:
1. Heart Disease:
The high fiber content, those brilliant antioxidants, and their ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ makes blueberries an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases, while also strengthening the cardiac muscles. Plus, Vitamin B6 and folate prevent the buildup of a compound known as homocysteine. When excessive amounts of homocysteine accumulate in the body, it can damage blood vessels and lead to heart problems.
2. Controls Diabetes:
Blueberries are moderate in sugar when compared to other fruits. The bioactive compounds in blueberries appear to outweigh any negative impact of the sugar when it comes to blood sugar control. While, on the other hand the anthocyanins in blueberries have beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. These anti-diabetic effects have been shown with both blueberry juice and extract.
3. Healthy Bones:
The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K in blueberries all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength. Iron and zinc play crucial roles in maintaining the strength and elasticity of bones and joints. Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture, while adequate vitamin K intakes improve calcium absorption and may reduce calcium loss.
4. Healthy Immune System:
Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fresh fruits or vegetables. Antioxidants strengthen your immune system by neutralizing free radicals introduced into your body by exposure to smoke, toxins and pesticides. Most of the berry’s antioxidant power comes from Anthocyanin, the pigment responsible for the blue color of the berries.
If your skin has become dull, your face has got wrinkles and fine lines and you look older than your ages then blueberry are made for you only. Even if you don’t have any such problem and want to delay any such problem, then do add blueberry in your diet. Blueberries bring you the brightest ray of hope for staying young. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and rank number 1 in the world of antioxidants, these antioxidants fight the free radicals, which are the root cause of ageing or early ageing.
6. Urinary Tract Infection:
The formation of certain bacterial colonies like E-coli along the lining of the inner walls of urinary tract is responsible for this infection. It results in inflammation, a burning sensation during the passage of urine and other complications. For this condition, blueberries can be surprisingly beneficial. It has a compound formed of large, polymer-like molecules which inhibit the growth of such bacteria. It also has certain antibiotic properties which add to this effect. These heavy molecules scrub these bacteria off the walls along the tract, thereby preventing the infection.
7. Eye Care & Macular Degeneration:
Blueberries are one of the best alternatives for spectacles, contact-lenses, eye-drops, medications and eye surgeries. They can prevent or delay all age-related ocular problems like macular degeneration, cataracts, myopia and hypermetropia, dryness, and infections, particularly those pertaining to the retina, due to their antioxidant properties. Macular degeneration is a serious problem where the retina of the eye degenerates gradually, ultimately leading to complete or partial blindness. I am certainly not telling you to put blueberries in your eyes, but you can simply eat them for healthier vision. Blueberries contain special groups of antioxidants called carotenoids, flavonoids and other antioxidant compounds like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, selenium, zinc and phosphorus, which are all very beneficial and essential for ocular health.
8. Increases Brainpower:
Again, the antioxidant properties of blueberries come into play. The anthocyanin, the selenium, the vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and all the others can prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing the degeneration and death of neurons. These essential nutrients also protect brain cells and help to restore the health of the central nervous system. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues to keep your memory sharp for a very long time.
So, to conclude I can say that eat them until your tongue turns blue in order to live a long and healthy life.
And as usual a word of caution : no doubt blueberries comes seasonally so, it’s obvious anybody would love to eat as much as possible, but being super rich in antioxidants, if taken in large amount on regular basis can harm our DNA, so eat it until your tongue turns blue but still, keep a limit.
Eat Healthy… Stay Healthy…!!
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