9 Life Changing Health Benefits Of The Humble Blueberry
Blueberries are a recent addition to my diet because of how awesome they are for my health. It’s hard to imagine such a humble little berry could have such a huge impact, but they really do. After reading this, you’ll be picking yourself up a bunch of fresh, organic blueberries.
1. They improve heart health.
One study showed that blueberries and some other berries reduce the risk of heart disease in women due to their high anthoxyanins content.
2. They’re full of antioxidants.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals that can make aging harsher and cause cancer.
3. They reduce your risk of cancer.
Anthocyanins, the compounds in the berries that make them blue, help reduce cancer causing free radicals and block tumor growth.
4. They aid in weight loss.
1 cup of blueberries is 80 calories and absolutely loaded with fiber. Perfect for making you feel full longer.
5. They boost your immune system.
Blueberries are loaded with vitamin C making them ideal for fighting off bugs during cold and flu season.
6. They sharpen your vision.
Blueberries have been found in some studies to slow down the degradation of vision over time. Blueberries contain carotenoids, flavonoids, and vitamins A and E, all of which help you avoid worsening vision.
8. They prevent UTIs.
This one I actually didn’t know! Blueberries fight urinary tract infections by preventing bacteria from sticking to the wall of your bladder and urethra. Urine luck!
9. They sharpen your mind.
Researchers have found that blueberries help prevent memory loss that comes naturally with age. Some memory loss can actually be reversed by eating blueberries. Researchers found that older adults given blueberry juice scored higher in memory tests than those who received a placebo.
Not bad for such a small berry, huh? What’s your favorite way to eat berries?