Blueberries are popular amongst the superfoods family. We try to pack them into our diets more and more. But why have they been labeled a superfood? And why do these little round balls help us to stay healthy?
Packed with antioxidants
Blueberries contain the highest antioxidant level of all commonly eaten fruits and vegetables.
These antioxidants are important because they protect your body from the damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants can help reduce the signs of ageing and the risk of developing diseases such as cancer. The main flavonoid in blueberries called anthocyanins is supposedly the most beneficial, making them very healthy.
Maintaining healthy bones
Blueberries are packed with numerous vitamins and nutrients, which help to maintain strong and healthy bones.
In particular, the iron & zinc content in them helps to support the elasticity of your joints and bones. A cup of blueberries also contains 14% of your recommended daily intake of fibre and 24% of your RDI of Vitamin C. These nutrients also contribute to making your bones healthier.
Decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol
No sodium content in blueberries makes them an ideal superfood. Instead, they contain potassium, calcium and magnesium, which can help lower blood pressure naturally.
Reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease
Eating blueberries not only helps lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, but also helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Resveratrol, another contained in them, is also believed to minimise the risk of such health problems.
A study in the U.S. has concluded that eating this little, round fruit could improve your brainpower over a significant amount of time. The study also showed that they help slow down mental ageing.
Helping with digestion
High fibre content in blueberries also makes them an ideal superfood to include in your daily diet, as it aids in maintaining a healthy digestive system.
Boosting your immune system
Containing a plethora of antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients means blueberries can help to strengthen your immune system. Iron-rich blueberries raise your hemoglobin levels and oxygen concentration, contributing to a stronger immune system.
They may be small but are a powerful little fruit. Using them in smoothies, fruit-waters, granola, porridge or even just as a snack are great ways to include them in your diet.
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