WHY BLUEBERRIES ARE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR HEALTH?
Never underestimate the powerful benefits these small purple-rounded berries can give you. Blueberries are very popular when it comes to health benefits.
Here are awesome reasons why you need to include blueberries in your diet.
1. MOTHER of all ANTI-OXIDANTS (BERRIES).
Anti-oxidants play a big part in our body, they protect our body from free radicals that can damage our skin as well as against several types of chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Best known for their anthocyanin flavonoids, blueberries are rich in anti-oxidants properties. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) compared the antioxidant capacity of more than 20 different fruits, blueberries were at the top of the list. The study found that one-cup serving of wild blueberries had more antioxidant capacity than a comparable serving of cranberries, strawberries, plums, or raspberries.
2. SUPRESS DNA DAMAGE (ANTI-AGING AND CANCER)
Study shows that consuming a single, 10-ounce (300-gram) portion of blueberries helps protect DNA against free radical damage.
According to research, anti-oxidants prevent tumor growth and help diminish cancer cells.
3. GREAT FOR THE HEART
The researchers found that eating one cup of blueberries per day resulted in sustained improvements in vascular function and arterial stiffness - making enough of a difference to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 12 to 15 percent.
4. IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION & MEMORY
Studies shows that eating and drinking enough blueberries everyday can help in boosting your brain memory.
5. FIGHT URINARY TRACT INFECTION
Blueberries have benefits similar to cranberries, both contain active substances called anti-adhesives and also help prevent bacteria that may cause infection.
A half-cup of blueberries every day may be a preventative measure to preventing UTI’s
Schmidt BM, Howell AB, McEniry B, Knight CT, Seigler D, Erdman JW Jr, Lila MA. Effective separation of potent antiproliferation and antiadhesion components from wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait.) fruits. J Agric Food Chem. 2004 Oct 20;52(21):6433-42.
·Università degli Studi di Milano, DeFENS, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, Division of Human Nutrition, Milan, Italy.