Most people eat them simply because they are delicious, but actually there are a number of health benefits of blueberries. Buy fruits that are firm and not mushy or moist, with a uniform dark blue or purple colour and a delicate whitish bloom. Blueberries range in size from small peas to marbles and under their rich coloured skin feature a light, almost transparent flesh and tiny seeds.
Blueberries health benefits for anti-aging
Blueberries health benefits come from their anti-oxidant properties. They are full of vitamins, A, C, E and B complex, plus anthocyanin, copper, selenium, iron and zinc. Not only will these help to keep your skin plump and glowing by neutralising free radicals, they can boost immunity to infections such as coughs and colds.
Sodium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus in blueberries help to keep you young on the inside too, with a preventative effect upon brain cell and neuron degeneration. Eat blueberries to sharpen up your memory and motor skills. Blueberries’ high fibre content can help you to maintain healthy levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol and keep your heart and digestive tract in good health.
Eye aging can also benefit from a diet rich in blueberries, as anthocyanin is believed to help maintain visual acuity. Age related eye issues such as cataracts or macular degeneration may be slightly retarded through the consumption of this nutrient while the carotenoids in blueberries contribute to general ocular good health.
Blueberries heath benefits for weight loss
Scientists are studying the possibility that blueberries can help to cut the amount of fat carried around the belly, a marker for type 2 diabetes and associated conditions. By helping to maintain healthy insulin release and blood glucose levels, there is an associated benefit to cardiovascular health.
Blueberries health benefits against cancer
The antioxidant capacity of blueberries doesn’t just have cosmetic benefits, it could also help to protect and fight against cancer. Blueberries contain micronutrients including pterostilbene and phenolic compounds to combat liver and colon cancer. Their ellagic acid content works with the anthocyanin, vitamin C and copper as a general cancer fighter while the luteolin in the fruits is believed to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
Blueberries health benefits for your mood
As if you’re cheerful enough to know how much eating blueberries can improve your physical health, these fruits also have anti-depressant properties! The deepest coloured fruits are the highest in nutrients and could help to keep you strong and healthy.