Bet you haven’t heard this once popular Fats Domino song in a while! Me neither, but it came to me because… I’ve got BLUEBERRIES on my mind! It all started April 1st, which just happens to be the start of blueberry season.
Blueberries happen to be a real SUPERFOOD! Not only do they have a sweet flavor, but they are very nutritious with some remarkable health benefits.
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist discussed the top 7 health benefits of blueberries.
1. High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that provide a myriad of health benefits. In fact, antioxidants not only prevent cell damage, but also protect against several types of chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants.
2. Help Fight Cancer
Recent research has shown some impressive findings on the ability of blueberries to protect against certain types of cancer. A 2010 test-tube study reported that blueberry extract was able to inhibit the growth and spread of breast cancer cells. Another animal study from the Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville treated rats with breast cancer using blueberry powder and found that it reduced tumor volume by 40 percent.
3. Amp Up Weight Loss
They are low in calories but provide a whopping 3.6 grams of fiber per cup, fulfilling up to 14 percent of your daily fiber needs with just one serving.
4. Boost Brain Health
One of the most impressive health benefits of blueberries are their ability to enhance brain health. There have been many studies suggesting that eating blueberries could improve memory and cognition.
5. Alleviate Inflammation
Blueberries have been shown to have a significant anti-inflammatory effect in the body. A 2014 test-tube study even found that blueberries helped reduce the activity of several markers of inflammation.
6. Support Digestion
With 3.6 grams of fiber in each cup, including a serving or two of blueberries can help you meet your fiber needs, while also promoting regularity and healthy digestion.
7. Promote Heart Health
Studies show that eating blueberries could help reduce some of the risk factors for heart disease. A 2015 study, for example, found that eating blueberries daily for eight weeks resulted in lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness.
And, what’s the big deal about “wild” blueberries”?
Wild blueberries are different from cultivated blueberries in several significant ways. Wild (lobush) blueberries are not planted. They spread in fields and contain many different varieties of berries. They also contain more powerful antioxidants than cultivated blueberries. Finally, they tend to hold their shape, texture and color through a variety of baking and manufacturing processes.
So, by now I’m sure you are thinking about ways to reap all these benefits and incorporate more blueberries into your diet. I’m sharing a few of my favorite blueberry recipes. Enjoy!