American blueberry is sweet, tasty, does not stain and has very few calories, but most of all blueberry is extremely nutritious. It’s a real super fruit for special tasks. The correct name for blueberries is highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum).
Statement: Anna Radowicka, nutrition technologist and dietitian, expert in the assessment of food quality and nutrition.
Does a small fruit hide the elixir of youth in itself?
Blueberry, due to its health-promoting properties, is called the “fruit of the 21st century”. It has the highest content of antioxidants among all kinds of fruit, which makes it increases the body’s resistance and prevents infections. The high level of anthocyanins, neutralizing free radicals, enables blueberries to deter aging of the body and treat it as an important component of the anti-cancer diet. Blue blueberries high also help reduce bad cholesterol, they also have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the brain, digestive tract, urinary tract and vision. Vaccinium corymbosum have a high content of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as smaller vitamins E and B6. They are also a great source of manganese and fiber.
10 health benefits of American Blueberry
American blueberry is sweet, it is tasty and is low in calories (57 kcal), but most of all blueberry is extremely nutritious. It’s a real super fruit for special tasks.
According to data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, blueberry fruits are the richest source of antioxidants among all fruits and vegetables. Therefore, they help to prevent cancer, cardiovascular diseases, regenerate the brain and the nervous system, and also have a favourable effect on good eyesight and young look of the skin. In a nutshell, antioxidants are our allies that have a significant impact on preventing the aging processes.
It’s precisely owing to the high content of antioxidants, which inhibit the multiplication of free radicals and prevent the destruction of cells, that blueberry is effective in anti-cancer prophylaxis.
Positive effect on cardiovascular diseases
Phytoestrogens contained in blueberries in addition to anti-cancer properties also have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, by sealing and improving the flexibility of blood vessels and improving capillary permeability.
Blueberries reduce bad cholesterol
Phytoestrogens are plant hormones that have the ability to protect the body against hypertension and atherosclerosis by increasing the level of “good” HDL cholesterol, and reducing the level of “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Eating blueberry fruit lowers high blood pressure
According to researchers from the University of Florida, the consumption of one cup of the fruit per day contributes to lowering the pressure. In another study, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston showed that the surveyed women, who ate the largest amounts of blueberries presented 32 per cent lower risk of heart attack compared to women who only consumed them once a month or less, even if their diet was rich in other fruits and vegetables.
Blueberries are healthy sweets
Their taste, shape and structure make them attractive and easy to eat. They help in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and support us in the struggle to maintain a healthy body weight. Implementing these fruits into children’s menu can produce healthy eating habits for kids. But the most important thing is that encouraging children to eat blueberries breaks the pattern of thinking that something good and sweet must always be unhealthy.
Blueberries are great food for the brain
This is best demonstrated by studies conducted on groups of seniors, who improved their memory, concentration and mood as a result of regular consumption of blueberries. Similar studies conducted in a group of children and adolescents showed that blueberries improve mood and are very helpful in increasing concentration and treatment of depression in each age group.
They improve the eyesight
During the Second World War, blueberries were served to RAF pilots, in order to increase their ability to see especially at night. Today we know that fruit should be used as an aid in the treatment of cataracts and the yellow spot degeneration. Blueberries strengthen collagen, and consequently all connective tissues. This is an important feature for people at risk of glaucoma, resulting from high intraocular pressure.
Nowadays, the fruit are recommended to drivers and people working by the computer screens, but in fact everyone using such devices as a smartphone, tablet, computer, TV, etc. should take care to include blueberries in their diet in order to look after their eyes properly.
They help with urinary tract infections
We know that cranberry helps in the treatment of urinary tract infections. Blueberry fruits have similar properties, as they contain compounds known as proantocyanides that work well on the human urinary tract. They prevent urinary tract infections as they prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract and bladder.
The youth elixir
They remove excess free radicals in an excellent way, accelerate the regeneration of damaged nerve cells and stimulate the formation of new ones. In this way, the aging processes, the formation of wrinkles are delayed, and the skin becomes prettier, looks beautiful and healthy.
The digestive system
Blueberries slow down the intestinal motions, inhibit diarrhea and normalize the digestive system. They may be useful during intestinal flu because of their natural anti-diarrheal properties.
In addition, blueberries have a calming and analgesic effect, and bluberry syrups heal cough and respiratory infections. They have strong bactericidal and antiviral properties. They help to remove all toxins from the body and build our immunity.
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