Blueberries Burst with Benefits

DSC00493 (1)-1If you like blueberries, I’m going to give you a reason to like them even more. Blueberries are perennial flowering plants that originate from “genus Vaccinium”, a fruit of the shrub that includes cranberries, bilberries and grouseberries. There have been a number of studies and research on blueberries that have produced some very positive results. Blueberries are not only good for tasting in muffins but they are also rich in antioxidants that allows them to boost the body’s immune system which makes them an excellent choice for our overall health.

The abundant amount of antioxidants in blueberries which contains selenium for protection of the cells and zinc for keeping the immune system strong which helps to battle the common cold builds a strong wall of defense for the body to fight against viral infections. Vitamin A which is a nutrient that is found in milk and eggs can also be located in blueberries. The nutrients in Vitamin A supports cell growth and good vision for eyesight. Another part of this group of antioxidants that can be found in blueberries is Vitamin E which is responsible for healthy skin and eyes along with maintaining a strong immune system. The antioxidant properties of blueberries allows the body to form red blood cells and produce energy thanks to Vitamin B complex being within them. As stated before, zinc helps to keep the immune system strong but it also has a partner that helps it out which is Vitamin C. The antioxidant in blueberries that is Vitamin C not only supports a strong immune system to battle the common cold but it also helps tissue and bone growth within the body to repair itself.

Blueberries also contain an antioxidant known as Anthocyanin which neutralizes free radicals that could lead to cancer. Anthocyanin is also the pigment which is the cause of the berry’s dark blue color. The deeper dark blue color of the berry harbors more antioxidants than a lighter blueberry would. Studies have also shown that the compounds within blueberries which are similar in comparison to cranberries (which also originates from genus Vaccinium) prevent urinary tract infections.

Another plus when it comes to the health benefits of blueberries is that it lowers cholesterol levels and prevents heart disease. Cholesterol levels within the body are lowered naturally which helps to maintain a healthy heart because of the blueberries being extremely rich in antioxidants. The high content of fiber in blueberries will also benefit the body by maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Blueberries are excellent for nutritional value and are definitely a natural health supplement that harbors medicinal properties without any of the side effects.