Blueberries are amazing, they’re nutritious and taste delicious. These little berries are among the world’s most powerful sources of antioxidants. Often labeled a superfood, they are low in calories and sugar and have many health benefits.
➀ The Anti-Aging Fruit
Diet plays a vital role in slowing down the aging process. Foods with an abundance of antioxidants, like blueberries, protect us from free radical damage.
Whether or not we like it, we are all exposed to free radicals on a daily basis. They are molecules that are produced by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke, polluted urban air, UV radiation from the sun, pesticides and hundreds of other synthetic products in every aspect of our environment.
They cause many of the physical signs of aging, such as dry skin, age spots, and wrinkles. When antioxidant levels in our body are lower than those of free radicals, due to lots of incoming toxins or poor nutrition, we age more rapidly.
The high levels of antioxidants in blueberries neutralize harmful free radicals and protect vital cellular structures in our bodies from their damaging effects.
The berries also contain water, which keeps skin hydrated, bouncy and young. If you are still searching for the fountain of youth, stop exploring and start eating blueberries. The sooner you start, the greater the benefit.
➁ Antioxidant Powerhouse
Learning all you can about health and nutrition? You have likely heard the term ORAC, it stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It is a lab test used to quantify the total antioxidant capacity of food. It provides a measurable and accurate comparison of the antioxidant level between foods.
The test is done by placing a sample of the food in a test tube, along with molecules that generate free radical activity. The less free radical damage there is, the higher the ORAC score.
Free radicals are not only associated with aging but also affect urinary tract health, they can cause heart disease, diabetes complications, cancer, asthma and leaky gut syndrome. Blueberries are high on the ORAC scale and protect us from free radical damage.
➂ Boost Brain Function
Blueberries are prime components of a brain-healthy diet. Daily consumption of this antioxidant powerhouse has been found to slow memory impairments. Researchers believe the antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain and therefore improve cognitive function.
Decreased brain blood flow decreases cognitive function, but can also contribute to neurodegenerative disease and trigger strokes. In a placebo-controlled study, researchers found that participants in the blueberry group experienced improved blood flow in the areas of the brain where visual and sensory information is processed. They experienced marked increases in brain activity and improvements in working memory, including better word list recall, when compared to the placebo group.
➃ Balance your Blood Sugar Naturally
Research shows that blueberries are helpful for keeping your blood sugar level stable. The Glycemic Index (GI), measures how a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood sugar. Blueberries have a low GI, which makes it useful in regulating blood sugar levels. This makes your body less susceptible to diseases such as diabetes, depression and kidney disease.
Your blood sugar levels determine how you feel on any given day. If you can keep it stable, it helps you control hunger, prevents mood swings and experience bountiful energy.
➄ High in Fiber
Fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods, it passes through our body without breaking down. Fiber helps you to feel full longer and can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite. High-fiber foods may help guard against heart disease, obesity, kidney stones, diverticulosis and help support a healthy digestive tract. When eaten with their skins and seeds intact, blueberries are a great source of fiber.
Blueberries provide tasty ways of staying healthy. They are nutrient-dense, low in calories, and loaded with fiber to keep you full longer. They can be eaten raw, cooked with other foods, or dried for use in tea. Some people may not be into eating blueberries fresh, so a delicious blueberry smoothie might be a better way of consuming these healthy fruits. No matter what form blueberries take in your diet, their many nutrients and vitamins will be good for your health.