Top 6 Health Benefits Of Eating Blueberries
Why We Should Add Blueberries To Our Diets
Whether they are purchased fresh, frozen or dried – blueberries are packed with nutritional power.
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods, such as blueberries, decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. They can also promote hair and skin health, increased energy and overall lower weight.
And, despite the fact that they taste great, here are six health benefits to why you should be adding blueberries to your diet:
- They provide antioxidants. Anthocyanins, the pigments that make blueberries blue, are potent antioxidants: A half-cup of blueberries provides the antioxidant power of five servings of peas, carrots, apples, squash or broccoli.
- Are a healthy, low-glycaemic-index carbohydrate, an especially good choice for those in need of better blood sugar control.
- Are a source of vitamin C, important for supporting your immune system.
- Help meet your daily fibre needs with two grams per half-cup serving of blueberries.
- Have shown promise in addressing the untoward effects of aging: animal studies associated with consuming blueberries have demonstrated improved motor skills and a reversal of age-related short-term memory loss.
- May offer various other health benefits ranging from preventing cancer and defending against urinary tract infections, to protecting the brain from stroke damage and reducing heart disease risks.
It has also been suggested that eating blueberries is vital to improving mental health. Population-based studios have shown that consumption of blueberries is connected to slower cognitive decline in older women and that they can improve a person’s short-term memory and motor coordination.
Unsure of ways to consume blueberries and want to try something different than eating them by themselves?
Look for organic blueberries, and toss some in a salad, eat as a snack or throw in a parfait with plain yogurt and walnuts. If organic fresh blueberries are cost prohibitive, substitute with organic frozen or dried products – all three forms provide health-protective benefits.
Keep in mind that dried blueberries are a concentrated source of sugar or may have added sweeteners, so enjoy them in moderation. Frozen organic blueberries are a great replacement for ice in making a frosty breakfast smoothie with unsweetened nut milk and a handful of raw almonds.
Did you know that just one cup of fresh blueberries contain the following:
- Just 84 calories
- 0g Cholesterol
- 1.1g of protein
- 0.49g of fat
- 21.45g of carbohydrate
- 3.6g of dietary fibre
- 14.74g of total sugars
This in turn provides –
- 24% of daily Vitamin C
- 5% of daily Vitamin B6
- 36% of daily Vitamin K
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