When researching various health issues, it’s unusual to have one particular ingredient named as associated with preventing pretty much every health hazard you encounter.
But that’s the case with the ingredient we’ll talk about in today’s feature article.
It improves everything from arthritis to high blood pressure and diabetes to dementia. It boosts mood and energy levels better than any power or energy drink.
What’s more, it’s deliciously sweet tasting, almost everyone loves them, it’s used in various meals, and eaten raw as a snack.
Which super-food are we talking about?
We’re not being very original in today’s article to write about the health benefits of blueberries. They’ve reached somewhat of a celebrity status among super-foods due to their wide-spread health benefits.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, making them an extremely powerful tool to fight any type of immune diseases or other diseases caused by inflammation. Which actually includes the majority of modern diseases.
What’s unique about blueberries is how many types of antioxidants they include. Whereas most berries only include 3-4 types, blueberries include over 20 different types of antioxidants.
For those science geeks, here are some we could name: Anthocyanins (malvidins, delphinidins, pelargonidins, cyanidins, peonidins), Hydroxycinnamic acids (caffeic acids, ferulic acids, coumaric acids), Hydroxybenzoic acids (coumaric acids), Hydroxybenzoic acids (gallic acids, procatchuic acids), Flavonols (kaempferol, quercetin, myricetin), pterostilbene and resveratrol.
And pretty much all of those above antioxidants (don’t ask me to pronounce them all) are also extremely effective for inflammation and therefore serve double-duty.
It’s probably the wide variety of antioxidants that are the reason why they work for so many different types of diseases and health issues. They seem to be able to reach pretty much any part of the body.
Adding powerful antioxidant foods into your diet is extremely important. You’ll never get the same health benefits from antioxidant supplements. In fact, studies on supplements have resulted in very controversial results, whereas pretty much all studies on blueberries in the diet show a positive impact on various diseases.
Let me give you a few examples:
Recently, several studies have shown the amazing benefits blueberries have on the cognitive system, especially for elderly. The blueberries seem to protect the nerve endings in the brain from oxidization and therefore stop the degradation of some parts of the brain.
Probably the most comprehensive studies on blueberries have been done about their benefits on cardiovascular health.
Blueberries have repeatedly been proven to lower overall cholesterol levels, raising HDL (good cholesterol) and lowering LDL (bad cholesterol). They also protect the lining of the arterial walls and reduce clogging of the arteries. In short, they drastically reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Blood Sugar and Diabetes
It may be surprising to you that blueberries are beneficial in regulating blood sugar; after all, they’re quite sweet. However, studies have shown that daily consumption of blueberries definitely help regulate blood sugar levels. The high fiber level of blueberries will counteract their sweetness.
Since type-2-diabetes is also caused by inflammation and blueberries are a strong fighter of inflammation, they should be a daily super-food for anyone suffering type-2-diabetes.
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Having discussed all the anti-inflammation and antioxidant benefits of blueberries, it follows that they’re the power-punch to fight arthritis. Studies on both humans and animals have shown that even a small amount of blueberries improves mobility.
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So how much should you eat daily?
Most of the studies mentioned above have used 1-2 cups of blueberries daily for a period of 1-3 months. Other studies have, however, indicated an increase in antioxidant benefits from using up to 3 cups of blueberries per day. That may be too many carbohydrates for those with type 2 diabetes, so just check with your doctor before eating the whole flat of berries.
You lose a lot of benefits from blueberries if you cook them. So preferably, you should try to consume them raw or frozen (since freezing them doesn’t seem to hurt).
Don’t be afraid to consume blueberries even if you’re fighting body fat. The high levels of fiber will counteract the calorie count. Plus 3 whole cups of blueberries only include 245 calories – less than one Snickers bar. And, they’ll boost your energy and mood.
So there you have it, probably the most powerful disease-fighting food on earth.