Health Benefits of Blueberries

Health Benefits of Blueberries by Deana Steele

Blueberries

In just 100grams of blueberries or 2/3cup you will find your daily-recommended dose of antioxidants.  In saying this, I recommend eating more fruit and vegetable each day than just the daily recommended. We want to thrive not just survive and consuming fresh, local, seasonal fruits and vegetables could provide us with the highest potential towards optimal health and wellness.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants from Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the best fruits out there. They’re super rich in antioxidants because of their high anthocyanin content.  Anthocyanin is what gives the blueberry skin its very deep blue color and it is where this powerful phytochemical/antioxidant is stored.  This naturally occurring compound in the skin is the most valuable nutrient of the blueberry and has been credited to repair damage already caused by inflammation in the body.

Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products of our metabolism called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age related diseases.There are studies upon studies of research investigating the disease-fighting potential of blueberries in protecting against some chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis and diabetes. Some of these biological activities and protective functions may be attributable to the high antioxidant content in blueberries.

Aside from preventing chronic diseases blueberries are also rich in vitamin C, which can help support the immune system and strengthen blood vessels.  Weak blood vessels can lead to varicose and spider veins.

Storage

Don’t worry about damaging the fruit’s nutrition profile by freezing them.  New studies make it clear that we can freeze blueberries without doing damage to their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants. 

If you want to maximize your antioxidant benefits from blueberries, go organic.  If you want to take your nutrition to the next level, grow your own!

 

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Deana Steele, RHN  Digestion Specialist

Deana Steele is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Digestion Specialist trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She believes that optimum health begins with a properly functioning digestive system. Her philosophy is to empower her clients with the knowledge to improve their overall health through optimum digestive function, lifestyle and superior nutrition. Find more great digestive support at www.deanasteele.com


This information is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner prior to making any changes.
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