When it comes to brain protection, there’s nothing quite like blueberries.
The highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit: Blue Berries, being very rich in antioxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, iron (promotes immunity by raising haemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood) etc. boost up your immune system and prevent infections.
Neutralizes free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body: Blueberries are laden with anti oxidants and rank number 1 in the world of anti oxidants. This is mainly due to presence of Anthocyanin, a pigment responsible for the blue color of the blue berries. The abundance of vitamin-C is also a big factor for this, as well.
Aid in reducing Belly Fat: A new University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study suggests that blueberries may help reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Also, blueberries help with glucose and insulin control.
Helps promote urinary tract health: Blueberries has a compound formed of big polymer like heavy molecules which inhibits the growth of bacteria that is along the inner walls of the urinary tract that is responsible for the infection. It also has some antibiotic properties which adds to this effect. These heavy and big molecules almost wash-off these bacteria along the tract, thereby preventing the infection.
Preserves vision: Blueberry extract, high in compounds called anthocyanosides, slows down vision loss. They can prevent or delay all age related ocular problems like macular degeneration, cataract, myopia and hypermetropia, dryness and infections, particularly those pertaining to retina, due to their anti-oxidant properties. Blue Berries contain a special group of antioxidants called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin etc.), Flavonoids (like rutin, resveritrol, quercetin etc.), in addition to others such as vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A, selenium, zinc and phosphorous, which are very beneficial and essential for the ocular health.
Brain Health: The anthocyanin, selenium, vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, the zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese etc., among others, can prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells and also by restoring health of the central nervous system. Some studies suggest that they cure Alzheimer’s. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues and keep your memory sharp for a long-long time. Researchers found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones.
Heart Disease: The high fiber content, brilliant antioxidants, and the ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ can cure many heart diseases. It also strengthens the cardiac muscles.
Constipation & Digestion: The fiber in blueberries can help with constipation. Also, the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion.
Cancer: Blueberries contain certain compounds like Pterostilbene (excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and Ellagic Acid which, in harmony with Anthocyanin and other antioxidants like vitamin-C and copper, can do miracles to prevent and cure cancer. Blueberries can also reduce risk of ovarian cancer.
Other benefits & facts: They keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are very good antidepressants. Remember, the deeper the color of the Blueberries, the more they are rich in antioxidants and other medicinal values.
* Choose blueberries that are firm and have a lively, uniform hue colored with a whitish bloom. Shake the container, noticing whether the berries have the tendency to move freely; if they do not, this may indicate that they are soft and damaged or moldy. Avoid berries that appear dull in color or are soft and watery in texture. They should be free from moisture since the presence of water will cause the berries to decay. When purchasing frozen berries, shake the bag gently to ensure that the berries move freely and are not clumped together, which may suggest that they have been thawed and refrozen.