Upgrade Your Diet With Blueberries

11 Aug

blueberries[1]Several months ago, I published a blog post encouraging readers to Eat Protein and Produce at Every Meal.  Eating lots of produce — fruits and vegetables — is beneficial to our health and wellness.

Some fruits, such as blueberries, are higher in nutrients than others.  Blueberries actually contain more antioxidants than any other fruit.  Antioxidants help prevent damage to the body’s cells and strengthen its immune system.

Some of the health benefits of eating blueberries include:

  • Very rich in vitamins C, B complex, E, and A
  • Also rich in minerals like selenium, zinc, and iron
  • May help reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, according to a new University of Michigan study
  • Helps promote urinary tract health
  • Proven to help preserve vision, and prevent or delay macular degeneration, cataracts, and myopia
  • Improves brain health by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells, and also by restoring health of the central nervous system
  • The vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose, and acids improve digestion
  • They contain compounds that can inhibit cancer cell proliferation and reduce risk for certain cancers

In season, fresh blueberries are great — in cereal, oatmeal, salads, and blended into smoothies and shakes.  I keep a big bag of frozen blueberries (from the local wholesale club) in my freezer all year-round.  They’re every bit as nutritious as fresh blueberries, according to the experts, and convenient to use however and whenever you choose.


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