Blueberries Health Benefits
Benefits and Facts - Blueberries
have a very high antioxidant capacity. It is a rich source of
anthocyanins, vitamin C, vitamin E and B complex vitamins. It also
contains other essential minerals such as selenium and zinc.
Blueberry is believed to boost the immune system to fight off the common
cold and flu and to protect against premature aging by stopping cellular damage by free radicals. These cellular damages are known to be responsible for a wide variety of diseases and health problems.
Additional blueberries health benefits will be revealed in upcoming clinical
studies as interest is growing rapidly in this area of disease prevention.
Want to stay healthy, slow down aging and avoid diseases? Eat more fruits. A diet high in
fruits such as blueberry is linked to better health and less health
studies to support the health benefits of blueberries
In a small
study involving 9 subjects
over 12 weeks, drinking wild blueberry juice daily showed a significant
improvement in their memory performance.
The researchers suggest that
blueberry contains chemicals that protect against nerve cell damage and this could prevent dementia
done in lab settings and
in some animals show that blueberry extracts have the ability to stop or at
least slow down the growth of cancer cells.
One study in
mice showed that adding
blueberry juice into their diet make them eat less frequently, probably
by suppressing appetite, and caused a significant weight loss.
blueberries health benefits in promoting weight loss need to be
confirmed with clinical trials.
In the same
research study described, the mice had a significant drop in
the blood sugar level.
High Blood Pressure
show that rats fed a
diet with 3% blueberries showed less oxidative stress on the kidney and
had a lower blood pressure.
For example, the DASH diet guidelines
promotes eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting back on salt to help lower high blood pressure. It is proven to work.
One study done
in animal shows that the
anthocyanins found in blueberries prevent growth of unwanted blood
vessels, thus reducing the chance of varicose veins formation.
Infections (UTIs) / Bladder Infections
studies show that blueberries contain proanthocyanidins that promotes
urinary tract health. It is able to reduce the risk of bladder
infection by preventing the bacteria from attaching to the inside of
the bladder wall.
What's the difference between blueberry and
(Vaccinium myrtillus) is
relative of blueberry (Vaccinium
angustifolium). In other parts of the world, people use
blueberry to describe the European plant bilberry. In the
United States, Vaccinium
myrtillus is known as bilberry.
are the side
effects of blueberries?
There are no
reported side effects.
are possible interactions and dangers of blueberries?
- Taking blueberry may lower blood sugar levels. Those taking
anti-diabetic medications may need to make adjustment to the dosage of their current anti-diabetic medications.
- In one clinical study, subjects
were given 1 glass of blueberry juice once daily to improve memory
are used in a tea formulation to treat
- Prepare the tea by using 10 grams (2 teaspoons) of dried leaves in
250 mL (1 cup) of water. Steep
for 15 minutes and drink up to 6 cups daily as needed.
5 mL up to three times daily.
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