When you think of healthy lifestyle think of Blueberries from a Local source.
Blueberries have long been recognized as a nutritious and healthful food choice. Over the last decade, they have earned increasing acclaim as one of nature’s super-fruits. Studies worldwide are resulting in exciting and significant findings. Blueberries are now linked with improvements in memory, motor skills, vision, cardiovascular and urinary tract along with cancer prevention, and a reduction in the effects of aging.
Blueberries are rated tops in antioxidant activity.
Compared to 40 other fresh fruits, blueberries are among the top. USDA lab at Tufts University in Boston researchers have found that the Antioxidants in fruits help neutralize harmful by-products of metabolism called free radicals that can lead to cancer and other age-related diseases.
How did they do it?
Anthocyanin (from the Greek anthos for plant and kyanos for blue) are ke. Anthocyanins have incredible antioxidant power! Another blueberry benefit is that it can prevent and alleviate urinary tract infection. Blueberries create a ‘teflon’ effect, prohibiting the growth of bacteria by preventing bacteria’s adherence to urinary tract walls.
Blueberries are packed with vitamin C.
In just one half cup serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.
Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese.
Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats of food into energy – a perfect job for blueberries.(http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/health-benefits-of-blueberries/)
There is also a powerful connection between blueberries and memory.
Research has shown that blueberries might help reverse the short term memory loss that often comes with aging. Blueberries are thought to be a key in preserving a healthy young brain. (http://www.cookingnook.com/health-benefits-of-blueberries.html)
Experts recommend consuming a half cup of blueberries per day to reap the full benefits of ‘blue plant power’. Fresh or frozen, raw or cooked, the anthocyanins in blueberries are as healthful as the berries are flavourful.