These yummy berries are one of the few fruits native to Bee Cave Wildlife Removal. The berries, leaves and roots were used for medicinal purposes, and by taking a look at the health benefits explained below, you may understand why.
Heart Health – Heart diseases are no laughing matter so you will need to protect your ticker from all those ailments. The huge antioxidants, high fiber content and the ability to dissolve LDL (the bad cholesterol), makes blueberries an great dietary supplement to cure many heart ailments.
Many studies reveal that red wine is good for the heart and that this is a result of its source of a phyto nutrient called anthocyanin. This nutrient so happens to be found in blueberries as well, with the difference that blueberries contain 38% more of anthocyanins, than in red wine.
Eye Health – Because of their ability to alleviate eyestrain, blueberries in Japan are now nicknamed”the vision fruit”. The numerous vitamins, minerals and lutein (a carotenoid pigment found in plants and egg yolk) found in blueberries are known to help age related vision problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.
A study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit daily can decrease your risk by up to 35% of age related macular degeneration (ARMD), which is the principal cause of vision loss in adults.
In World War II the British Air Force pilots were frequently given bilberry preserves (a cousin of the blueberry family) until they flew to get their nighttime missions, so as to improve their night vision and to adapt to different levels of light.
Reduces Belly Fat – A study in the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study showed that blueberry intake affected genes linked to fat burning and storage. The test subjects were rats that were fed powdered freeze-dried blueberries. Obviously more studies are required to prove these same findings on humans.
Brain Health – A few studies have shown that probiotics can improve brain function and may combat the onset and the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies also have shown that by regular intake of these tiny berries, they can repair damaged brain cells enhancing the overall functionality of the brain.
A small study by the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center reviewed the effect of daily consumption of wild blueberry juice on older adults. After 12 weeks the participants with the blueberry juice intake showed improved memory function.
Anti-Cancer Benefits – Another nutrient that blueberries contain in abundance is a flavonoid from the name of kaempferol. A study with over 60,000 women participants in a Nurses Health Study between 1984 and 2002 showed that women whose diets provided the most kaempferol had a 40% reduction in the risk of prostate cancer.
Because you can see the health advantages of blueberries are enormous and everyone should look at adding them in their diet. But as all superfoods you need to use in moderation to gain all of the benefits. It would also be smart to consult your doctor with adding any kind of food to your diet.