Blueberries are harvested from a perennial flowering plant native to North America and belong to the same genus as cranberries and huckleberries.
Benefits – Blueberries have a unique dark blue/purple colour when ripe and act as excellent antioxidants. The antioxidants in blueberries protect the cell damage, detoxify the body and even destroy bacteria and viruses.
Blueberries have other anti-aging properties… Blueberries also allow your body to regulate the production of energy while lowering fat and blood sugar levels and reducing body fat stores and chronic inflammation.
In addition Blueberries have a strong neuro-protective action that can boost, memory and concentration, and prevent neuro-degeneration and even slow the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Blueberries are also known to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure, fighting cancer and cardiovascular disease, supporting bone and eye health, aiding digestion, boosting the immune system and can even increase one’s lifespan.
Blueberries are among the fruits that have the lowest amount of carbohydrates per serving.
How much blueberries can be had in a day:
Recommended daily intake differs depending on age and gender, but approximately two cups of fruit is usually recommended for adults – easy to achieve throughout the day in snacks and as part of meals. And, at just 45 calories per serving, wild blueberries deliver substantial nutrients for every calorie consumed.
Blueberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals:
It’s an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They contain manganese, vitamin K and vitamin C, which keep the body healthy from within.
- Manganese: this mineral is known for keeping your bones strong and has lipids, amino acids, protein, and it also improves metabolism
- Vitamin K: This vitamin helps the body heal faster by causing immediate clotting preventing blood loss and closing the wound quickly.
- Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid in the form of vitamin C helps build a strong immune system and also fights several diseases.
Blueberries are rated number one in antioxidant-rich foods and are used worldwide for its healing and health benefits. An adequate helping of blueberries over the top of warm oatmeal or pancakes can take your meal to another level while giving you all the health benefits. Eaten in moderation, blueberries do not have any adverse side effects.