The Incredible Benefits of Blueberries

Boost Immune System – Antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, anthocyanin, copper, iron, selenium, and zinc contained in blueberries, help boost the body’s immune system to enable the body to fight against viral and bacterial infections.
Neutralize Free Radicals – Blueberries are packed with Anthocyanin, a pigment responsible for the dark blue color of the fruit. This powerful antioxidant helps neutralize free radicals that can lead to cancer and other age-related diseases.
Improves Memory – Blueberries are one the best brain foods of all because they increase healthy neuron signals, protect the brain against oxidative stress, and reduce age-related memory problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that a diet rich in blueberries, showed significant improvement in memory and brain function.
Maintain Good Eyesight – The high amount of vitamin A contained in blueberries has proved helpful in enhancing and maintaining our eyesight. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for maintaining healthy eyes.
Lower Cholesterol Levels – One of the blueberries health benefit is their ability to lower cholesterol levels naturally. Recent research shows that a compound in blueberries prove to lower cholesterol as effectively as prescription drugs but without side effects.
Help Prevent Heart Disease – Blueberries have the ability to keep cholesterol levels under control, thus improve heart health. The presence of antioxidants and fiber content makes this fruit a natural food supplement to prevent heart disease.
Prevent Urinary Tract Infections – Another health benefit of blueberries is their ability to not only prevent urinary tract infections, but also cure them. Recent studies at Rutgers Blueberry Cranberry Research Center in Chatsworth, NJ, has shown that blueberries have compounds similar to cranberries which are commonly used to prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTI).
Prevent Cancer – Several compounds in blueberries such as Ellagic Acid and Pterostilbene are known for their cancer prevention and healing properties. Laboratory study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that phenolic compounds in blueberries can inhibit colon cancer cell proliferation.
Constipation and Improve Digestion – Blueberries are rich in fiber, a nutrient which helps prevent constipation. The copper, fructose, sodium, and vitamins in blueberries help to improve digestion.
Reduce Belly Fat – Researchers at the Michigan University claimed that eating blueberries may help reduce belly fat. In a study conducted on mice for 90 days, scientists proved that mice that were given blueberry-enriched diet, had less belly fat than those not fed blueberries.
Slow Aging process – Blueberries have been shown to have a positive impact on aging. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of blueberries build a protective layer around the brain to fight the signs of aging and deterioration.
Anti-Depressant  – As a natural anti-depressant, blueberries may keep you in a better mood and reduce mild depression and may reduce the need for traditional medication. (Always check first with your Physician before stopping any medication)

Edited version of article by Keith Jamison and Elden Castillo from Vegiheal.com

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