When researching various health issues, it’s unusual to have one particular ingredient named as being associated with preventing pretty much every health hazard you encounter.
But this superfood improves everything from arthritis to high blood pressure to diabetes to dementia. It also boosts your mood and energy levels better than any power or energy drink out there. You name it, and it can pretty much fix it.
What’s more, they’re delicious and sweet tasting, almost everyone loves them, and they’re used in various meals, and eaten raw as a snack.
Blueberries have reached somewhat of a celebrity status among super foods due to their widespread health benefits.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, making them an extremely powerful food to fight any type of immune disease or other diseases caused by inflammation, which, let’s face it, actually includes the majority of known modern diseases today.
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, which is quite the feat to beat!
For the science geeks, here are some we can 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 the above antioxidants (don’t ask me to pronounce them) are also extremely effective for inflammation and therefore serve as a double whammy.
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 in the elderly. Blueberries protect nerve endings in the brain from oxidization and therefore stop the degradation of some parts of the brain.
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 strokes and heart attacks.
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 helps regulate blood sugar levels. The high fiber level of blueberries counteracts 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 from 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 first.
You lose a lot of benefits from blueberries if you cook them. So preferably, you should try to consume them raw or frozen.
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.