I read an article recently touting the blueberry as the oft ignored super food and thought I should look into it. I love blueberries so you don’t need to encourage me to eat them but wouldn’t it be nice to find out that, finally, one of my favourite foods is actually good for me!
First of all, did you know that blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits? Why do you care about this? Because antioxidants can repair, prevent or slow cell damage.
Think of the Statue of Liberty. She’s beautiful right? But did you know that she is not actually green. The Statue of Liberty is made of untreated copper and, over time, weather and the elements oxidized the copper turning it green.
This is what happens to your cells! Our cells take a beating every day from pollution, toxins and simple bad living (unhealthy food, tobacco, alcohol) causing damage – or oxidization.
Foods that are high in antioxidants help to repair some of this cell damage and can even slow down or prevent the damage altogether.
This is good to know because, unlike the Statue of Liberty, we don’t look better when we’re oxidized.
So eating foods loaded with antioxidants, like blueberries, can save cells from premature aging!
As if that isn’t enough reason to eat them, there are other encouraging studies being done with blueberries:
- One study group has been feeding a diet rich in blueberry extract to aging rats and seeing results like improved balance and coordination.
- There is also some new evidence suggesting that blueberries may be helpful to improve memory.
More great things about blueberries:
- Blueberries are packed with vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.
- Low in calories – only 84 for an entire cup.
- Low GI – foods low on the Glycemic Index can keep blood sugar levels steady and can even help your body metabolize fat more efficiently.
- Blueberries contain salicylic acid—the natural version of aspirin.
- Blueberries are excellent anti-inflammatories.
Wow! That’s a lot of power packed into those little blue berries.
So, bottom line, it looks like I’ll be adding blueberries to the grocery list more often. And even if new studies come out saying all of this is just bunk, no one loses because they still taste great!
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