The Nutritional Benefits of Blueberries

Becki Andrus

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Blueberries belong to the same family as cranberries and bilberries and grow in clusters on a shrub-like bush. These purple-black berries can range in size from as small as a pea to as big as a marble.

Blueberries

A diet that contains blueberries can improve sensitivity to insulin and assists with glucose control as well as lowering cholesterol and the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Blueberries are not only delicious but have many nutritional benefits.
* They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B complex, vitamin A, iron, selenium and iron which mean that you will boost your immune system by eating them. A strong immune system means that you will be less likely to catch colds and other bacterial and viral diseases.
* Eating blueberries can actually help to reduce belly fat and we all know that along with belly fat come risks such as cardiovascular disease. Being obese can cause an enlarged liver and resistance to insulin leading to diabetes and blueberries can help you get rid of the flab before these problems kick in.
* Blueberries can slow down visual loss. The fact that blueberries contain vitamins C, A and E, zinc, phosphorous, flavonoids and carotenoids (which is a group of antioxidants) means that they will counteract and delay visual problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
* Blueberries are filled with antioxidants which will help your body to neutralize free radicals which tend to make you age sooner.
* Eating blueberries can actually help you to have a healthy urinary tract. This means that by eating blueberries that have antibiotic properties you will prevent the growth of bacteria such as e-coli on the walls of the urinary tract and not struggle with urinary tract infection or inflammation.
* Blueberries can heal damaged neuron tissue and brain cells and can also prevent and heal neurotic diseases. Alzheimer patients are also encouraged to eat blueberries as it will improve the motor skills and because of their healing effect on brain cells and neurons, will improve memory.
* A handful of blueberries a day will also ensure that you do not suffer from constipation and the acids, sodium, copper and fructose found in blueberries will improve your digestion.
* The ability of blueberries to dissolve cholesterol and their high fiber content make them a perfect dietary supplement to assist you in curing heart diseases.
* Cancer patients are also encouraged to eat blueberries to help them cure and prevent cancer. Blueberries contain Pterostilbene which can actually heal liver and colon cancer while the presence of Kaempferol will reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in women.
* Blueberries are a very good anti depressant without having to go through the side effects of taking medication.

When choosing your blueberries make sure that they are firm and have a bright maroon to almost black color. If you are unable to find fresh blueberries you can also buy them frozen but be sure to shake the bag to ensure that the blueberries are not clumped together as this might mean that they have been refrozen. Always remember; the darker the color of your blueberries, the more nutritious they are. 


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  • Wice says
    Very important.... Wash your blueberries before eating them (goes for all fruit where you eat the skin).

    I don’t know if you remember, but it was only a year or two back when there was a nasty hepatitis outbreak after a picker had not washed his hands after going to the loo.

    On the brighter side, I have a wonderful recipe book devoted soley to blueberries and if anyone would like to explore using these in any way and would like to know how, just post your request. This book has every conceivable use you can imagine – from boundless ways of savoury and sweet cooking to cosmetics and more!

    …. Just a pity blueberries are so expensive!
  • Anna says
    lol all i was thinking as i was reading it was exactually that.... too bad they are so damn expensive!!
  • Dee-Dee says
    Yeah I love them too blueberries, blackberries but for a little punnet the prices are ridiculous....
  • Anna says
    lol maybe we need to start growing our own or something??
  • Wice says
    My kids picked blueberries as a holiday job one summer and I was totally appalled at how little they were paid. It was definitely the worse holiday job they ever had. They weren't even allowed to eat any berries or to talk to each other while picking and were paid by how many berries they picked (weight). If they picked fruit that weren’t quite ripe enough, they were told off in front of everyone. Their fingers got really stained too. They were quite miserable. It was a real shame though they stuck it out – never to return I’m pleased to say. Still I guess they learned something from the experience.

    From my point of view, I had to drive them miles out into the country for drop off and pick up and to top it off, we weren’t even offered discount berries to buy!

  • Anna says
    wow that doesnt sounds nice... ive known friends who have done strawberry picking and it was fine!! so maybe it was just the particular place!!
  • KH says
    I love berries and summer fruit. Haven't had any yet....hopefully the prices drop a bit!
    • Anna says
      make me want a smoothie while sitting in the hot sun!!
      • KH says
        Mmmm. That sounds good!
      • Rosie says
        I have little flowers on my blueberry plant at the mo. Looking forward to putting some on some choc berry tartlets (cause the choc is also very good for you ;))
        http://solidrecipe.com/make-chocolate-raspberry-tart/
        • Anna says
          o0o0o0 i wish i had my own horse =P can i come ride yours!!
        • Starlite5 says
          I LOVE blueberries!!! My mouth is salivating just thinking about them but omgosh they are so expensive! I'm definitey putting in acouple of palnts this spring...should done it last year! But no matter how much they cost I will happily forgo other things just to get my fix when they are in season!

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