Did you know that blueberries are referred to as “the king of antioxidants” by many people? And, all for a good reason, too. This fruit comes packed to the skin with wellness properties. After you’re through with this, you’d want to make a trip to the grocery store as soon as possible to get your hands on some delicious blueberries.
Have to make the most of it while they’re in season, right?
Here are six benefits of blueberries that can help in protecting your health, and ways to easily incorporate this delicious fruit in your snacks, drinks, and meals.
1. Rich with nutrients;
There are 85 calories, zero percent fat, 1 gram of protein, and nearly 20 grams of carbohydrate, with around 4 grams of fiber, in each cup-full of blueberries.
2. Disease protection and anti-aging powers;
Blueberries are high in antioxidants, and they have proven to reduce oxidative stress and curb inflammation in several studies. They also help to fight against aging and DNA damage and lower the chances of getting multiple chronic diseases that include cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
3. Improves the health of heart;
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention clarifies that cardiovascular disease is the leading reason for deaths of both women and men in the US, but these berries can provide a little potent protection. As we mentioned earlier, blueberries have the ability to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation and actively work against artery hardening, which is a condition that increases the chances of getting a stroke or heart attack.
4. Improves brain functions;
Blueberries have proven to improve executive functions and delayed memory in children. The fruit also protects psychomotor function in older adults who are both healthy and who have mild cognitive impairment.
5. Helps in muscles recovery;
Studies have observed that eating blueberries fastens the rate of muscle-strength recovery. The outcome of the study led scientists to make a conclusion that consumption of blueberry sets off adaptive events in your body that intensify muscle repair.
ENJOY FROZEN BLUEBERRIES ALL YEAR LONG!
Honestly, blueberries are so precious and protective. They should be a part of your diet even if they’re not in season! If you want to enjoy them for all 12 months, a good idea is to freeze some fresh blueberries or buy a frozen bag of blueberries, with no added ingredients. If you’ve recently gotten plenty of berries from the local farmer, eat as many as you want, and freeze the rest!
WAYS TO CONSUME THIS SCRUMPTIOUS FRUIT:
To add some nutrients and color to your glass, throw some lightly mushed blueberries and fresh mint in sparkling water or freeze them into ice cubes. Put them over baked goods and healthy pancakes, chia puddings, and acai bowls for a delicious and nutritious breakfast!