If you love blueberries and think they taste good, then you’ll love them even more after you learn of their health benefits. Famously known as a “superfood,” these nutritional powerhouses are all the rage these days among health enthusiasts.
A little Bio on Blueberries
Blueberries are indigo-colored fruits that hail from the Vaccinium family and there are 2 main varieties: Wild or aka low bush blueberry, and high bush blueberry. They are native to North America and they grow around May to August in the northern hemisphere. They taste sweet when dark indigo and ripe, the less ripe they are the more sour.
Are blueberries good for you? Damn right it is. Well known for being one of the healthiest fruits out there, it has many health benefits due to it being high in many varieties of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Let’s take a look at 10 of the reasons why it’s known as a super food:
1. Dense In Nutrients, Low in Calories
Blueberries are one of the most nutrient dense fruits in the world. Just 1 cup of blueberries will give you 4g of fiber, 1/4 of your RDA for vitamin C, 1/3 of your RDA for vitamin K, 1/4 of your RDA for manganese, and a bunch of other nutrients in smaller amounts. 1 cup only comes with just over 80 calories, not bad if you’re counting calories.
If you don’t know what antioxidants are, they’re basically things that protect the body from free radicals which are evil bastards that contribute to diseases like cancer. And blueberries are loaded with antioxidants like anthocyanin which is a special type of antioxidant that’s responsible for giving blueberries it’s dark purple color. Blueberries have the highest levels of these antioxidants of all fruits commonly consumed by people in the western world and is rated #1 in terms of levels of antioxidants.
3. Makes You Younger
The same free radicals responsible for cancer is also responsible for many symptoms of aging such as wrinkles, age spots, hair loss, etc. The antioxidants in blueberries can help you slow down the aging process and stay young!
4. Good For Your Brain and Memory
The antioxidants along with the many number of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, B, E, zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosporus, and manganese can help prevent the death of brain neurons. This is very good for your brain and memory, which can also help those with alzheimer’s disease.
5. Good For Digestion
Because blueberries are high in fiber, it can help prevent constipation. The acids in blueberries are also beneficial for digestion because it stimulates a type of gastric and digestive juices which helps move things along quickly and smoothly in your digestive tract.
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
In a number of studies, blueberries have been shown to lower blood pressure by about 5% in individuals who consume at least 50g of blueberries a day for about 2 months. Given that heart disease is the #1 killer in the USA, I’d say that people with high blood pressure should start regularly eating blueberries as soon as possible!
7. Prevents Heart Disease
The antioxidants and fiber in blueberries make it so that the “bad cholesterol” in the body is decreased and that strengths the heart muscles and the walls of your arteries, lowering your chances of getting heart disease.
8. Prevents Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infection is where bacteria causes inflammation along the walls of the urinary tract, this causes a very painful experience. Blueberries help prevent this from happening because they have compounds which scrubs off these bacteria and prevent them from forming in the urinary tract.
9. Good For Muscles After Workout
After a hard workout your muscles may become very sore and tired. This is caused by inflammation and oxidative stress in the muscles. A few studies with female athletes have shown that eating blueberries regularly speeds up recovery of the muscles after strenuous exercise.
10. Good For Eyes
Antioxidants in blueberries including carotenoids, flavonoids, and vitamin A are all very beneficial to eye health and preventing macular degeneration, dryness, infections, cataracts, and myopia. These diseases are more common with the elderly, so old people should start eating more blueberries cause they’re very good for your eyes.