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Blueberries Health Benefits

blueberries health benefits

Blueberries Health 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.

Bottom Line

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 problems.

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Sample Research studies to support the health benefits of blueberries

Memory Improvement

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.

Cancer Prevention

Many studies 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.

Weight Loss

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. The blueberries health benefits in promoting weight loss need to be confirmed with clinical trials.

Diabetes Prevention

In the same research study described, the mice had a significant drop in the blood sugar level.

High Blood Pressure

Animal studies 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 guidelinespromotes eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting back on salt to help lower high blood pressure. It is proven to work.

Varicose Veins

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.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) / Bladder Infections

Lab 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 bilberry?

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a close relative of blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium). In other parts of the world, people use the term blueberry to describe the European plant bilberry. In the United States, Vaccinium myrtillus is known as bilberry.

What are the side effects of blueberries?

There are no reported side effects.

What are possible interactions and dangers of blueberries?

Diabetes - 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.

Dosage to Use

Memory Improvements - In one clinical study, subjects were given 1 glass of blueberry juice once daily to improve memory function.

Dried blueberry leaves are used in a tea formulation to treat diarrhea.

Decoction - 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.

Tincture - Take 5 mL up to three times daily.

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Created: March 27, 2010