Who would have thought one little fruit could be so good for you? And so tasty?
It’s true. A handful of blueberries each day delivers a huge range of health benefits that will make you feel great inside and out.
The secret to the success of the humble little blueberry is its stratospheric antioxidant content. Just half a cup of blueberries contains the same amount of antioxidants as:
- 2 ¼ cups of broccoli
- 2 ½ cups of spinach
- 2 ½ cups of corn
As you probably know, antioxidants are one of nature’s wonders that help protect our bodies from a range of diseases and illnesses.
How do antioxidants work? Every day, our cells wage a battle against free radicals – unstable oxygen molecules associated with cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging. Dietary antioxidants come to the rescue by neutralising the free radicals and helping to prevent cell damage.
Here are just some of the ways that blueberries and their antioxidant-rich juices will boost your health and wellbeing.
Fighting against cancer
Thanks to its high antioxidant content, the little blue warrior puts up a mighty fight against ovarian and colon cancer.
How? Antioxidants like anthocyanins and phenolics, along with Vitamins C and E – which are all in abundance in blueberries – help to protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals, which are the unstable oxygen molecules associated with cancer.
Protecting your heart
Thanks to their extraordinary concentration of antioxidants, blueberries are one of the most effective foods to boost your heart health. A daily handful of blueberries will help protect against coronary heart disease and stroke. In fact, blueberries are 38% more cardio protective than red wine.
The goodies in blueberries play a leading role in reducing cholesterol, improving the elasticity of artery walls and increasing capillary strength. All this hard work discourages blood clots and reduces the likeliness of heart attacks.
Boosting your brain power
Don’t forget your blueberries today! Not only will a handful a day help to improve your memory, but the antioxidants in blueberries have been shown to help prevent the onset of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, senile dementia and age-related memory loss.
A daily handful of blueberries can help to improve your learning capacity and slow down the onset of age-related neurological conditions.
Improving your vision
Forget carrots. The humble blueberry has high levels of anthocyanin thanks to its blue skin. This wonder compound is linked to a reduction in eyestrain, improved night vision and an improved ability for the eye to adjust to glare and sudden changes in lighting.
Blueberries are also found to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, helping to protect eyesight by accelerating the production of the aptly-named retinal purple – a substance critical for good vision.
Holding onto your youth
The blueberry is one of nature’s most powerful elixirs of youth. The antioxidants and nutrients in blueberries can slow the ageing process, by helping to prevent sun damage, reduce the onset of wrinkles, help with balance and coordination and sharpen your mind.
Reducing the risk of diabetes
Blueberries are low in sugar, high in essential phytonutrients and contain myrtillin and pterostilebene, which can lower excess blood sugar – to help to reduce the risk of diabetes. They’re also great for promoting healthy circulation.