Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and often labeled a “superfood” since they are low in calories and provide numerous health benefits. They are rich in nutrients such as vitamin C and K, manganese, Gallic acid, lutein, fiber and zeaxanthin. They also have strong antioxidant properties that make them even healthier.
Here are 9 of the most common health benefits that blueberries provide.
- They slow down the aging process
Toxins and free radicals cause damage to the whole body as well as speed up the aging process which can be reversed by eating blueberries due to the high amounts of antioxidants they contain. They also contain proanthocyanidins which reduce inflammation and protect the body from dangerous pathogens.
- Improve brain function
Gallic acid, which is found in blueberries, works as a neuroprotective agent which reduces the risk of brain degeneration, oxidative stress and neurotoxicity. You can also boost your memory and improve cognitive function by regularly eating blueberries.
- Cancer prevention
The Gallic-acid is also able to prevent cancer and also kill cancer cells without causing damage to healthy cells. Women diagnosed with breast cancer should eat more of this fruit since it is particularly effective in reducing the growth of this type of cancer.
- Improve digestion
The fiber in blueberries regulates the gastrointestinal track thus promotes healthy digestion. Blueberries also have the ability to promote growth of probiotics in the colon and that way they contribute to healthy digestion.
- Improve heart health
You can reduce the risk of heart attack by eating blueberries because they contain antioxidant properties which lower blood pressure naturally as well as reduce bad and increase good cholesterol levels.
- Skin benefits
There are numerous skin products containing blueberry extract because it is proven that this fruit contains numerous nutrients that restore hormone balance. Some of the health benefits of eating this fruit for the skin is acne treatment, reducing sun damage and also lighten the skin naturally.
- Promotes weight loss
Since they are low in calories and on the glycemic index but high in fiber, blueberries are the perfect fruit for losing weight. They are easily absorbed and stay in the digestive tract longer and also reduce the appetite.
- Better vision
This fruit can also improve vision by protecting the eyes due to the carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamins A and E it contains.
- Urinary tract infection prevention
If you regularly eat blueberries they make bacteria unable to stick to the bladder and urethra wall which makes fighting urinary tract infections much easier.