Ah, the almighty blueberry. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber, the blueberry is already a daily smoothie staple in the Eat Clean Health household, and if you love tasty little fruit as much as we do, you’ll love learning about these additional six health benefits of blueberries.
1. Blueberries can boost your immune system.
The antioxidant level in blueberries neutralize free radicals that enter your body via smoke, toxins and pesticides, helping your immune system battle the negative effects of these harmful irritants.
2. Blueberries can improve memory and protect against memory loss.
A 2012 study suggested that eating 2-3 servings of blueberries a week slowed cognitive decline by several years.
The polyphenols found in blueberries can break down belly fat, and reduce the risk factors for metabolic syndrome.
4. Blueberries help keep blood sugar stable.
Low on the GI scale, people with type 2 diabetes who ate at least 3 servings of low GI fruit, such as blueberries, per day saw significant improvement in their blood sugar regulation.
5. Blueberries help build strong bones.
These delicious berries are high in manganese, which is essential to healthy bone development and strength.
6. Blueberries help guard the body against cancer.
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry show that the flavonoids in blueberries helps prevent the spread of colon cancer cells.
Spectacular, yes? So get to snacking on blueberries to boost your overall health and wellness. And keep in mind that the majority of ‘blueberry’ flavored foods actual contain absolutely NO real blueberries. The blueberry flavoring is made of chemical food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, sugar and starch, so stick with the real thing for real eat clean health.
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