Amazing Health Benefits of Blueberries

Written by: Helen

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Firstly, I would like to point out that it isn’t Friday.  It’s Saturday.  Due to a busy day I didn’t get the chance to hit publish on my Fit Food Friday post.  My initial thinking was that I would keep it until next Friday.  But then I decided that it was time to live on the wild side.  I have published a Fit Food Friday on a Saturday people!  It doesn’t get much wilder than that!  However, for obvious reasons, I haven’t titled it Fit Food Friday so maybe it’s not that wild after all.

I realised that I haven’t yet done a Fit Food Friday on any form of berry which is really very remiss of me, as berries are a terrific food to include in your diet.  They are also easy to include because they don’t need any preparation and they make a healthy snack.

Much of the goodness of blueberries comes from its antioxidant content which is a good place to start our 7 reasons to eat blueberries-

1) Antioxidants

Blueberries are renowned for being one of the highest antioxidant rich foods.  If you want to know exactly why antioxidants are so important for you read my article here.  Also what makes the antioxidant status of blueberries so special is that almost all of our bodies systems benefit from their antioxidant content, for example, the cardiovascular system, muscular system, nervous system, blood sugar regulatory system.

 

2) Cardiovascular Health

Consumption of blueberries can help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides and also helps to support and maintain healthy blood pressure.

 

3) Eye Health

So it’s not just carrots that are good for our eyes.  Blueberries have been shown to offer protection for our retinas and help to slow the natural deterioration of vision that comes with age.

 

4) Cancer

This could be due to the antioxidant levels which fight against free radicals.  The types of cancer studied with regards to blueberries include breast, colon and oesophageal.

 

5) Boost Immunity

Blueberries contain high levels of vitamin C which is good for our immune system.  The other nutrients in blueberries, such as vitamin A, B vitamins, zinc, iron and others, also help to keep us in good health.

 

6) Blood Sugar

In comparison to other fruits blueberries have a fairly low GI value (which means they release sugar slower).  Studies have shown them to have a positive impact on blood sugar regulation and they contain good amounts of fibre.

 

7) Brain Food

Blueberries have been shown to aid cognitive ability, including memory.  This could be due to the large amount of antioxidants which offer nerve cell protection from oxygen damage (nerve cells require special antioxidant protection at all times of life).

So there you have it, if you aren’t doing so already, eat some blueberries!  You could eat them as a smoothie.  There are a couple of recipes below or eat them raw.

 

Berry Cleansing Turmeric Smoothie

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Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Thanks for reading 🙂