There are many health benefits of blueberries.
Blueberries can be made into variety of goods such as pies, jams, jellies, muffins, snack foods, juice and cereals. They may be eaten fresh, processed as quick frozen fruit and dried or infused.
Blueberries are indigo colored sweet fruits. They are native to the north of America and come from perennial flowering plant forming part of a genus of cranberries and bilberries. It is the second most popular berry in the US second only to strawberries. Sizes of blueberries growing in cluster range from a small pea to a marble. The colors of blueberries are from blue to maroon and purple black. A white gray waxy portion serves as a protective coating.
The diverse range of micro-nutrients in blueberries as well as its high antioxidant content makes it a very nutritious fruit.
Blueberries grown organically are considered to have amazingly higher concentrations of total phenol antioxidants and total anthocyanin antioxidants than those grown conventionally. They have higher total antioxidant capacity compared with other fresh fruits making blueberries the number one antioxidant in the world.
- Rich in antioxidants. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanin and powered with vitamins A, E, C, B complex. The fruit is also rich in copper, selenium, zinc and iron. The combination of these pigments and minerals effectively boosts our immune system and prevents us from catching colds, pox, fever and different viral and bacterial diseases.
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular disorders. Another amazing blueberry health benefit is its ability to reduce belly fat and to lessen the risk of having cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. A blueberry enriched diet can reliably reduce abdominal fat resulting to lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol, improved fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity.
- Prevents degeneration of cells. The vitamins, selenium and anthocyanin content of blueberries can also prevent and cure neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration of neurons and brain cells.
- Helps in the digestion. Fibers in blueberries prevent constipation and cure many heart diseases.
- Prevents development of cancer. To top it all, the most significant health benefits of blueberries is the relief it can give to cancer patients. Blueberries contain a compound called pterostilbene which is considered an effective remedy for colon and liver cancers. Ellargic acid in blueberries works hand in hand with anthocyanic, copper and vitamin C to prevent and cure cancer. Flavone luteolin in this fruit significantly reduces the risk of women of having ovarian cancer.