Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blueberry Heaven - July is Blueberry Month!

July is National Blueberry Month. Celebrate all the health benefits of blueberries – the latest superfood. Blueberries are among the fruits with the highest amount of antioxidants, which is a healthy addition to any diet. If you aren't eating them on a daily basis, find out why you should start...
Note: While they’re in-season, buy extra and freeze them to eat later. Berries will not stick together if you freeze unwashed, allowing you to take the exact amount you need. Remember to wash when you are ready to eat.
10 reasons to eat blueberries everyday:

1. Blueberries for Brain Health
Take care of that noggin - it's the only one you have! More and more studies are showing that blueberries improve brain function and combat the start or progression of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The nutrients in blueberries include selenium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, anthocyanin, vitamins A, C, E and B complex. That is one busy little berry!

2. Blueberries for Heart Health
All the fiber in blueberries helps reduce cholesterol. Reduced cholesterol levels will improve your chances of avoiding the development of arteriosclerosis (plaque build up in your arteries). This build up narrows the blood flow and hardens the arteries. Aside from combatting bad cholesterol, the nutrients in blueberries help promote healthy cardiac muscle tissue.

3. Blueberries for Cancer Prevention
Anthocyanins are the blue pigment found in blueberries, a rich source of antioxidants. The anthocyanins and bioflavinoids in blueberries are more powerful than those found in red wine. Plus, blueberries have significantly less calories and more nutrition than wine.

4. Blueberries for Weight Maintainance
One cup of the blue pearls only has 84 calories and 4g fiber. Use blueberries in baked goods, cereal, smoothies, and other foods for a low calorie, nutritonally dense boost.

5. Blueberries for Immunity
Obviously blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, but did you know they are comprised of properties that are antibacterial and antiviral? That's impressive.

6. Blueberries for Eye Health
The various vitamins, minerals, and lutein help maintain ocular health. Anthocyanosides found in blueberries reduce vision loss, eye strain, and promote a healthy retina.
7. Blueberries for Fiber
Fiber should be an important part of your diet. Why not add blueberries during your day and keep things moving? Fiber has all sorts of functions including helping you feel satisfied for longer periods of time between meals. One cup of blueberries will provide you with 4 grams of fiber. That's equivalent to about 11% the daily recommended amount of fiber.
8. Blueberries for Glycemic Control
Keep your insulin in check and control your blood sugar levels with blueberries. A low glycemic level in foods means that energy is released over an extended period of time. You won't feel the crash you feel with high gycemic foods. The GI of blueberries is low with a value of 53.

9. Blueberries for Belly Bulge Control
Aside from helping to maintain weight, recent studies suggest specific properties in blueberries whittle the middle by helping to control insulin and glucose levels.

10. Blueberries. Eat them.
Go Blue!

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