Blueberries, a.k.a bilberries, whortleberries and hurtleberries, are named for their velvety, deep-blue color. They are native to North America and known as one of superfruits because they contain a high and pure source of nutrients.
Along with keeping you slim and energized, here are health benefits of blueberries that you may not know about.
1. Prevent cancer
Blueberries contain anthocyanins, which not only give them their blue hue but also are cancer fighting agents. These compounds attack cancer-causing free radicals and block the growth of tumor cells. They are also shown to possibly help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells. Along with anthocyanins, blueberries contain other antioxidants like proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonols and tannins that prevent breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Besides, copper, vitamin C and phenolic compounds found in this fruit help inhibit cancer cells from progressing.
2. Support heart health
According to a recent research by the United States Department of Agriculture-Research, Education and Economics, consuming blueberries helps in supporting heart health. Blueberries are high in fiber and antioxidants that can combat cardiovascular disease. They also help dissolve the bad cholesterol flowing in your blood. Additionally, this fruit reduces the oxidative stress that leads to heart disease.
3. Be natural brain food
Blueberries are loaded with a bunch of nutrients such as selenium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, anthocyanin, vitamins A, C, E and B complex. These vitamins and minerals help in boosting your brain function, preventing the degeneration of nerve cells as well as keeping the fragile functions of the central nervous system intact. Moreover, blueberries help in reversing short-term memory loss thanks to its abundance of antioxidants called flavonoids. Especially, they may combat the start and/or progression of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, too.
4. Improve eyesight
Blueberries are good not only for your heart health but also for your eye health. Rich in vitamin A, blueberries are known to prevent age related vision problems including cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Additionally, they are loaded with anthocyanosides that reduce eye strain, vision loss and promote a healthy retina.
5. Prevent aging
The antioxidants in blueberries help prevent early aging by neutralizing free radicals from the body. Therefore, they keep diseases at bay. Besides, they can revive and soften your skin by applying a mixture of brown sugar, blueberries and lemon juice.