Blueberries do a body good! This little fruit softens dry skin, boosts your brain, and may even prevent cancer. In fact, they could just be the king of antioxidant foods; they protect our bodies from damage by free radicals–unstable molecules that can damage cellular structures and contribute to aging and diseases. And they do way more, too….
1. They’re high in antioxidants – Believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly eaten fruits and veggies, blueberries are very rich in antioxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial agent), selenium, zinc, iron (which promotes immunity by raising hemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood). They boost up your immune system and prevent infections. Once your immunity is strong, you’re far less apt to catch colds, fevers, or viral diseases.
2. They reduce DNA damage – Oxidative DNA damage is part of everyday life; it’s said to occur tens of thousands of times per day, in every cell of our bodies. Because blueberries are high in antioxidants, they help neutralize free radicals that cause that damage to our DNA.
3. They help with weight loss – Catechins found in blueberries activate fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells to assist with weight loss, and belly fat loss in particular. According to research at Tufts University, regularly ingesting catechins increases abdominal fat loss by 77 percent.
4. They can help maintain brain function and improve memory – A study from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in England suggests that blueberries reverse age-related memory loss, thanks to its abundance of antioxidants called flavonoids.
5. They may lower blood pressure – Their high fiber content, antioxidants, and the ability to dissolve ‘bad cholesterol’ make the blueberry an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases.