01 Feb The superfruit of the century
They are delicious in smoothies, with yogurt, in jams, on cakes or even in cupcakes and are also considered one of the healthiest fruits of the 20th century for all the favorable effects they have on health.
What more can we ask of nature, when it gives us a fruit as special as the blueberry?
That is why today we want to dedicate this space to tell you about the reasons why more and more nutritionists recommend including blueberries on a regular basis in the diet. And why the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes it in the category of “super fruit.”
They help prevent diseases of the urinary tract:
Although our ancestors already knew the benefits of cranberries [blueberries?] when it comes to preventing diseases in the urinary tract, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that this ancient wisdom was confirmed by science.
As a result of medical research, blueberries were found to contain substances called proanthocyanidins (PACs), which help prevent bacteria from clinging to the walls of the bladder.
This not only prevents diseases like cystitis (which are quite recurrent in some women), it also is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects on the bladder.
Blueberries are a powerful source of antioxidants:
Antioxidants are one of the most important chemical compounds in the body because our body uses them to eliminate free radicals that cause the oxidation of cells and cause aging.
By consuming blueberries on a regular basis, we are providing a large amount of antioxidants to our body that helps us neutralize free radicals and strengthen collagen.
Giving our skin a younger and healthier appearance.
This is highlighted by Dr. Dr. James A, of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in the United States, who conducted multiple studies on how blueberries help prevent the signs of aging.
They help protect the cardiovascular system:
What produces the peculiar blue pigment in blueberries is a chemical compound called anthocyanin, which belongs to the group of flavonoids and is a powerful stimulant of microcirculation.
Anthocyanins not only help prevent heart problems, they also strengthen capillaries and decrease the permeability of blood vessels.
That is why it is recommended for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Apart from all these incredible benefits, there are also studies that show that consuming blueberries improves cognitive functions of the brain such as memory.
Other health-promoting properties include:
✔ Diuretic and antiedematous action
✔ Lowering cholesterol levels
✔ Relieving diarrhea
✔ Preventing eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts
✔ Decreasing the accumulation of fats in the liver
✔ Preventing Alzheimer’s disease and colon cancer
Other health benefits include the large number of vitamins they contain, such as: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Provitamin A [Vitamin A or Provitamin A?], Potassium, Vitamin K, and Magnesium.
This is why if you still don’t include them in your diet, it’s time to start eating blueberries!
At least 90 grams a day is what is recommended to provide the body with all the properties of blueberry.