Have you ever tasted blueberries? Did you like the tangy taste? Most people do, and if you did, then you will like them even more in a few minutes after knowing how wonderful these berries are. For those who have never tasted or seen one of these powerful berries and also for those who know them quite well, a small introduction won’t hurt before we proceed to all the amazing health benefits of this “superfood”.
What are Blueberries?
Blueberries are fruits that belong to the Vaccinium family and can be found in three types. First is the wild or the “low-bush” blueberry, which bears the scientific name Vaccinium angustifolium. The second variety, Vaccinium corymbosum, is commonly known as the cultivated or the “high-bush” blueberry. There is one more type, but that variety is quite uncommon and has the scientific name Vaccinium pallidum.
Health Benefits of Blueberries
The health benefits of this amazing superfood are discussed below.
If we consider the effect of free radicals on aging as the main cause of various symptoms, then blueberries bring you the brightest ray of hope for staying young. These “superfoods” are packed with antioxidants and they ranked number 1 in the world of antioxidants. This is mainly due to the presence of anthocyanin, a pigment responsible for the blue color of the blueberries. The abundance of vitamin C is also a big factor for this impressive claim as well. You can prevent signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots, cataracts, osteoporosis, hair loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease by eating blueberries and get the most out of the antioxidant potential!
Improve Brain Function
Again, the antioxidant properties of blueberries come into play. The anthocyanin, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B complex, zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese can heal nervous disorders by preventing the degeneration and death of neurons. These essential nutrients also protect brain cells and help restore the health of the central nervous system. It is hard to believe that these berries can also cure serious problems like Alzheimer’s disease to a great extent. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues to keep your memory sharp for a very long time.
The roughage (fiber) present in blueberries prevents constipation. Also, the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose, and acids improve digestion by stimulating the correct gastric and digestive juices to move food smoothly and safely through your gastrointestinal system.
Treat Urinary Tract Infection
The formation of certain bacterial colonies like E-coli along the lining of the inner walls of the urinary tract is responsible for this infection. It results in inflammation, which is a burning sensation during the passage of urine. For this condition, blueberries can be surprisingly beneficial. They have a compound formed of large, polymer-like molecules, which inhibit the growth of such bacteria. They also have certain antibiotic properties which add to this effect. These heavy molecules scrub the bacteria off the walls along the tract, thereby preventing the infection. So far, this compound has only been found in cranberries and blueberries.
Blueberries can prove to be extremely valuable for cancer patients, as they contain certain compounds like pterostilbene (an excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and ellagic acid. These two in harmony with anthocyanin and other antioxidants like vitamin C and copper can do miracles to both prevent and cure cancer.
Blueberries are one of the best alternatives for spectacles, contact-lenses, eye-drops, medications, and eye surgeries. They can prevent or delay all age-related ocular problems like macular degeneration, cataracts, myopia and hypermetropia, dryness, and infections, particularly those pertaining to the retina, due to their antioxidant properties. Macular degeneration is a serious problem where the retina of the eye degenerates gradually, ultimately leading to complete or partial blindness. You cannot directly put blueberries in your eyes, but you can simply eat them for a healthier vision. Blueberries contain special antioxidants called carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin etc.), flavonoids (like rutin, resveratrol, quercetin etc.), and other antioxidant compounds, which are all very beneficial and essential for ocular health.
Cure Heart Diseases
The high fiber content, antioxidants, and the ability to dissolve the ‘LDL or bad cholesterol’ make blueberries an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases, while also strengthening the cardiac muscles.
Blueberries can boost your immune system and prevent infections. Once your immune system is strong, you won’t catch colds, fever, pox, and countless other communicable diseases spread by bacteria and viruses.
Blueberries keep you feeling fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature, and in a good mood, as they are very good antidepressants. You also won’t need to spend a lot of money on medicine, because blueberries are effective against many conditions. There are also no negative side effects associated with this “superfood”.
A final interesting thing to know about blueberries is that the darker the color of the blueberries, the richer they are in antioxidants and other medicinal nutrients.
In other words, eat them until your tongue turns blue in order to live a long and healthy life.