Reap the Health Benefits of Blueberries
If you didn’t already know, Michiganders love blueberries. The state of Michigan alone produces over 100 million pounds of blueberries every year! Not only are blueberries tasty, but they are also extremely good for the body. July is National Blueberry Month — so we thought we would share the number of reasons why you should start eating more blueberries if you haven’t yet!
Health Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are high in flavonoids, which are considered brain food. Studies suggest that eating lots of blueberries can actually improve memory and prevent the memory loss that comes with old age.
2. Blood Sugar
Blueberries, among a handful of other berries, have been shown to help regulate blood sugar. This is great news especially for people with diabetes who may need to be extra cautious of blood sugar levels.
3. Bladder Health
Compounds called proanthocyanidins found in blueberries prevent (bad) bacteria from adhering to the bladder walls. Even though these compounds don’t directly kill bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, they prevent UTI’s because the bacteria aren’t able to remain in the urinary tract long enough to cause infection.
4. Fight Cancer
What makes blueberries blue is their anthocyanins. Lucky for blueberry lovers, anthocyanins actually fight free radicals which are thought to be carcinogens. Anthocyanins also help prevent tumor cell growth. So be sure to eat half a cup of blueberries a day!
Blueberries have the highest capacity of antioxidants over any other fresh fruit. These antioxidants include: anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium, zinc, iron, and copper (which is highly anti-bacterial). The high number of antioxidants in blueberries helps boost immunity.
The antioxidants in blueberries that help fight free radicals also help prevent the effects of aging.
7. Trimming Fat
Studies suggest that blueberries are likely to help trim belly fat and cholesterol levels as well as reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome.
8. Heart Health
Blueberries are rich in fiber which help the body break down “bad” cholesterol. This helps prevent and cure heart disease as well as strengthen heart muscles.
9. Eye Health
Anthocyanosides found in blueberries have been shown to prevent and hinder visual loss. They also help fight age related eye conditions like macular degeneration, cataract, myopia, dryness, eye infections, and hypermetropia.