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We know that eating fruits and vegetables is health promoting, but blueberries in particular have a high level of phytochemicals, naturally occurring antioxidants, which are responsible for their dark purple hue. Adding blueberries to your day along side a health supportive diet is a great way to increase your antioxidants and aid in disease prevention.
Blueberries are great in smoothies, added to your breakfast cereal or pancakes, salad topping, yogurt parfaits, and delicious on their own. One of my go-to snacks is a handful of blueberries and some almonds. Blueberries are not on the “dirty dozen” list developed by the Environmental Working Group which means you can purchase them conventionally and not have to worry as much about chemicals.
Blueberries & Your Brain
Because blueberries contain such a high amount of phenols, particularly gallic acid, blueberries are known as “neuro-protective agents”. According to researchers, this means that they can literally protect our brains from degeneration, neurotoxicity and oxidative stress. Gallic acid also has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, which means enjoying blueberries is an excellent way to keep your immune system healthy.
Antioxidants are the golden ticket for graceful aging. They help to reverse the damage done by free radicals and toxins as well as assist the body’s line of defense against unwanted pathogens. Not only are blueberries rich in antioxidants, but they are also rich in proanthocyanidins, which have been observed to have additional anti-aging properties in the way they manage inflammation.
Low in Sugar
All fruits are generally high in naturally occurring sugars but blueberries are lower on the spectrum. 50 blueberries, which is quite a bit, have only 7 grams of sugar. In relation to bananas (one banana has approx. 14 grams of sugar) or apples (a medium sized apple has about 19 grams of sugar) blueberries are a blood sugar friendly choice.
You don’t want to miss out on these health benefits so grab yourself a pint and enjoy!