Blueberries' Health Benefits


| 7/28/2014 8:13:00 AM


Tags: blueberries, berries, antioxidants, Washington, Kathleen Jade ND,

blueberries’ health benefitsMy 83-year old dad is a blueberry fanatic. Each year, he and my mom pick and freeze blueberries from a farm at the foot of Mount Si, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the Northwest. His annual goal is to pick and freeze 100 pounds, enough to take advantage of blueberries’ health benefits year-round. He eats blueberries every day to help keep his macular degeneration at bay, his blood pressure down, and his memory sharp. It’s not surprising that my dad’s blueberry habit seems to be helping, given the plentitude of research on the health benefits of blueberries and other kinds of berries.

Health Benefits of Berries

Known for their bold, attractive colors and deliciously unique tastes, berries are one of the richest sources of natural antioxidants and polyphenols.[1] Polyphenols are the largest and most important group of phytochemicals in people’s diets. Polyphenols such as flavonols, phenolic acids, anthocyanins, and procyanidins are found in particularly high concentration in various berries.[1]

Blueberries, in particular, are very high in two specific polyphenols known for their health benefits: proanthocyanidins and anthocyanidins. These are thought to be the primary polyphenols responsible for blueberries’ health benefits. Proanthocyanidins and anthocyanidins are considered nature’s most potent antioxidants, but their powers have been found to extend far beyond the suppression of free radicals.[2]

In addition to polyphenols, berries contain other important nutrients such as vitamin C, folate, potassium, and soluble fiber.[1] Berries are relatively low in sugar and have a low glycemic load, meaning they do not cause sharp spikes in blood sugar the way some natural fruits do. Plus, in contrast with some of the other excellent dietary sources of polyphenols, such as chocolate, wine, and tea, berries contain no fat, alcohol, or caffeine.

Berries for Disease Prevention

Regular berry consumption has been linked to the prevention of some of the most common and debilitating chronic diseases.[3]

Berries for heart and blood vessel health: Berry consumption is associated with improved cardiovascular disease outcomes.[4] Eating berries helps the heart and blood vessels by reducing blood pressure, raising “good” HDL cholesterol levels, decreasing oxidative damage, lowering inflammation, reducing blood clotting, and improving the functioning of blood vessel walls.[1,4] Proanthocyanidins, the polyphenols responsible for blueberries’ health benefits, for example, have been shown to help treat and prevent cardiovascular disease by relaxing blood vessels and preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.[5]


buseen1973
5/16/2015 7:35:40 AM

Like other fruits, blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest health benefits which include: Fight Cancer, Improve Heart Health, Boost Brain Health, and so on. Read More: http://www.healthdoyen.com/health-benefits-of-blueberries.html




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