5 Reasons to Eat Blueberries
We’ve all heard that we need to eat more real, whole foods and summer is the perfect time to make some of these changes stick. Blueberries are known as a superfood and with good reason! They have so much nutrition in them for being so little 😉
If that alone doesn’t convince you to make blueberries a part of your diet, here’s a simple and short list to educate you a bit on blueberries.
- As mentioned above, blueberries are some of the most nutritious fruits for us to eat. In just 1 C, they contain 4 grams of fiber, 24% of our daily needs of Vitamin C, 36% of our Vitamin K needs, and 25% of our Manganese needs. Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting, producing healthy gut bacteria, and bone health. Vitamin C is important to the immune system and supporting our connective tissues and Manganese (not Magnesium) is so good for our joints and bones.
2. Blueberries are full of anthocyanins, the antioxidant responsible for the deep bluish/purple color. These antioxidants protect your cells and body from free radical damage that contributes to aging and diseases such as cancer.
3. As part of their antioxidant powers, blueberries have been shown to protect our heart by reducing the oxidation of free radicals in our arteries. This means the LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) oxidizes less – think reduces damage to our arteries – by 27% with a just a 2 oz daily serving of blueberries.
4. Blueberries have a lower glycemic index which means they have smaller impact on your blood sugar than some other fruits. Cup for cup the amount of sugar in blueberries is roughly equivalent to a small apple. But due to the anthocyanins in blueberries, there is a beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. This makes them great for diabetics to enjoy!
5. Blueberries have been shown to prevent bacteria from binding to the wall of the bladder. This is beneficial to those who struggle with bladder infections or UTIs. They contain substances called anti-adhesives to keep bacteria like E. coli from causing that painful condition. It is thought they have the similar effect on the bladder as cranberries.
So, if those 5 Reasons to Eat Blueberries isn’t enough for you, I don’t know what is! Add them to smoothies, eat straight-up blueberries for snacks, or use as a topping on salads. They are so delicious!
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