Blueberries: Why Are They Healthy?
Blueberries are a popular summer treat that add a refreshing twist to drinks or meals. While most fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, blueberries are a powerhouse fruit known for potent disease-fighting properties that may be powerful enough to protect against cardiovascular disease and improve brain health, insulin response and gut health.
This accessible natural superfood is available year-round and can easily be incorporated to your diet. Blueberries can be eaten freshly picked or frozen, whether you’re grabbing a handful for snacks or sprinkling them into your favorite main dishes. Here are 10 proven health benefits that make blueberries so good for you and a nutritious recipe for a healthier breakfast alternative.
Contains one of the highest antioxidant levels among fruits and vegetables, including abundant anthocyanin which can protect your body from free radicals.
Delivers four essential nutrients including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.
May lower blood pressure and risk of heart attacks with at least three servings of blueberries per week among women.
Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults due to its high fiber content that helps improve blood sugar, lipid and insulin levels.
Neutralizes some of the free radicals that causes DNA damage which plays a role in the development of diseases like cancer.
May slow down cognitive decline in older women and can improve a person’s short-term memory and motor coordination.
Prevents constipation and maintains regular bowel movement for a healthy digestive tract.
Fights premature aging and promotes wound healing due to its high levels of antioxidants and vitamins C and K.
Satisfies a sweet tooth at just 80 calories per cup.
Comes in many forms including fresh, frozen, dried and canned, making blueberries infinitely snackable and accessible.
Do we have you craving blueberries? Try incorporating them in your favorite recipes to add a boost of nutrition. Here’s a quick and simple blueberry breakfast recipe to keep you full and energized the whole day. Cottage Cheese Very Blueberry Pancakes
Recipe and photo courtesy of American Heart Association
National Institutes of Health
American Heart Association
US Highbush Blueberry Council
Medical News Today