Fruits which appear in vibrant colors like blueberries are high in antioxidants. The more the color of such fruits, the greater would be the antioxidant value. Blueberries come with different shades that vary from blue to red to purple-black.? These fruits are not only good for the tongue, but also these offer numerous health benefits to the human. Blueberries are also low in calories fewer than 100 for a full cup. These fruits owe their origin to North America. But many species native to the North American continent are also grown in New Zealand, Australia and in South America for commercial purposes.
Blueberries belong to the Genus Vaccinium. The Experimental Biology conference of 2009 featured a study which tried to prove the medical properties of blueberries. The study revealed that blueberries are responsible for maintaining glucose balance in the blood and lowering the cholesterol levels, which in turn minimizing the risks of occurrences of heart diseases and diabetes.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the health benefits of eating blueberries :
Boost Immune System : Blueberries are rich in antioxidant like Anthocyanin, vitamin? A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc, Iron, Selenium, and Copper. These berries help to boost up your body immune system and prevent infections because of the presence of the antioxidants. Once your immunity is strong, you won?t catch fever, cold, pox and all such nasty bacterial and viral communicable diseases.
Neutralize Free Radicals : Blueberries contain Anthocyanin, a pigment that responsible for the color of blueberries. The presence of this pigment gives these berries the highest antioxidant capacity which keeps the body protected against diseases. The abundance of vitamin C is also contributes for this as well.
Aid in Reducing Belly Fat : A study at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center suggests that the consumption of blueberries can lead to a reduction in belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. An experiment was conducted with rats as the subjects for a period of 90 days. A blueberry-enriched powder was mixed into the rats’ diet, which was either low-fat or high-fat rat chow. It was observed that the rats had lesser belly fat and lower levels of cholesterol.? The study is yet to be implemented with human subjects.
Preserve Vision : Blueberries contain compounds called anthocyanosides that has been found in clinical studies to slow down vision loss. Age related eye and vision problems like cataract, hypermetropia, macular degenaration, myopia, dryness and other infections can be prevented by the consumption of blueberries. Blueberries also contain a group of anti oxidants called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin etc.), Flavonoids (like rutin, resveritrol, quercetin etc.), in addition to others such as vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A, selenium, zinc and phosphorus, which are beneficial and essential for the preservation of ocular health.
Prevent Heart Disease : Blueberries has an ability to keep the cholesterol levels under control so that promote heart-health, they also aid in building up of muscular strength. The presence of fiber content and antioxidants make the blueberries an ideal dietary supplement to deal with many heart problems.