Fruit is nature’s candy, but unlike man-made candies that are full of unhealthy, processed sugar, fruit is jam-packed with nutritious components. What can be more refreshing than a couple of handfuls of blueberries for dessert during the hot summer months? In honor of National Blueberry Month, let’s pay tribute to all the health benefits of blueberries and enjoy a few while we’re at it.
What are the Health Benefits of Blueberries?
Protection Against Aging and Cancer: Blueberries are thought to contain the highest antioxidant capacity out of all the most popular fruits and vegetables. Their antioxidative properties also help prevent DNA damage that can happen just by living your everyday life due to exposure to free radicals. Antioxidants can also help with maintaining brain function and improving memory.
Low Calorie, High in Water and Nutrients: A cup of blueberries only contains about 85 calories and 15 grams of carbs, so if you’re trying to monitor your weight, this is an excellent option for your grocery list. Blueberries are also about 85% water, so they’re a great hydrating snack for the beach or after a sporting event. They also contain other vitamins and nutrients such as:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Helps Lower Blood Pressure: One study revealed a 4-6% reduction in blood pressure in obese patients and post-menopausal women after consuming 50 grams (1.7 ounces) of blueberries per day for eight weeks.
Blueberries have a lot more benefits in addition to those listed above. They have also been known to help with preventing diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
Want to learn about other nutritious foods? Read Hospitality Health ER’s blog on the health benefits of cherries and foods that boost the immune system.