Super-food Sunday: Blueberries

Now, blueberries have been highly regarded for their health benefits, but also under scrutiny because of their super-food status being questioned as another FAD. 

However, I can assure you that they have an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that are amazing for your health and also your immune system. They also are very low in calories and have a low Glycemic Index which helps to regulate blood sugars for those with type 2 diabetes. 

Blueberries are full of antioxidants and allegedly have the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly eaten fruit and vegetables. They can be frozen for 3-6 months without this content being affected significantly, which means that even if fresh blueberries are too expensive or out of season; you can buy frozen! If price is no issue, it is recommended to buy organic blueberries as they are reported to contain more of the delicate antioxidants. 

A small study concluded that daily consumption of blueberries helps to improve the brain’s capacity to remember things and improves overall cognitive ability. 

1 cup of blueberries gives you 25% of your DRA of vitamin C – helping you to stay youthful and also improving your immune system. 

The antioxidant that gives blueberries their distinct colour, anthocyanin, is also responsible for improving heart health. Eating 3 servings of blueberries per week can help a woman to reduce her risk of heart disease. Possibly, this antioxidant may also be able to prevent the growth of cancerous tumours due to the free radicals it releases. 

Similarly to cranberries, blueberries are also able to help stave/fight off urinary tract infections. They both contain compounds which inhibit bacteria from sticking to the wall of your bladder. 

There is no recipe today, as blueberries are great alone, over yoghurt, with American pancakes, in a fruit salad or quite frankly HOWEVER YOU FANCY! 

Tuck in regularly and feel the benefits. 

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