9 Health Benefits of Eating Blueberry or Drinking Blueberry Juice Regularly

Blueberry is not only nice and delicious, but it has a lot of fascinating health benefits. Studies have shown that blueberries can even get rid of the fat around your middle and reduce your risk of getting some dangerous diseases at the same time.

Here or some researched interesting health benefits of eating blueberry or drinking blueberry's juice regularly:

1. Its low in fat - It has been shown that a cup of blueberries contains only 80 calories and almost no fat at all, they are very low in fat.

2. Full of dietary fibre - Studies have shown that a handful of blueberries will help to satisfy the daily recommended fibres intake. Fibres play a very important role in our diet; it helps with bowel movements, aids digestion, help to control cholesterol and help keep the heart in a healthy condition.

3. Full of phytonutrients - It has been shown that blueberries are rich in phytonutrients called polyphenols; these are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that may help to lesson inflammatory process that is associated with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, age-related diseases and cancer.

4. Loaded with vitamin C - Blueberries are rich in vitamin C; one serving is said to delivers virtually 25% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is very important to the body, because it doesn't only help the skin to look smooth and beautiful, but it also aids the formation of collagen (“the main structural protein found in animal and human connective tissue, yielding gelatin when boiled.”) and helps maintain healthy capillaries, gums and boost the immune system.

5. Rich in antioxidants - Blueberry is said to be one the fruits with the richest sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural substances that help to fight free radicals that caused damage in the body. On a daily basis, the cells in our bodies are constantly fighting against free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules that are said to be a normal by-product of the body’s metabolism). A lack of antioxidants in the body can lead to rapid development of free radicals in the body, resulting in oxidative stress, which can cause cancer, heart disease, diabetes and cause the body to be aged rapidly.

6. Neutralizes free radicals - Important dietary antioxidants found in the blue pigments of blueberries such as anthocyanins and flavonoids have the power to neutralize free radicals and help prevent cells from damaging.  It's also said that, antioxidants protect against inflammation and prevent brain aging and diseases such as Alzheimer and degenerative diseases.

7. Contains Flavonoids - The flavonoids in the blueberries is said to have a positive effect on the brain. Even though it is not so clear as to how it affects the brain, it is has been demonstrated that they are absorbed into the blood stream, crossing the blood-brain barrier ("a semi-permeable membrane separating the blood from the cerebrospinal fluid, and constituting a barrier to the passage of cells, particles, and large molecules"). This allows them to impact the regions involving memory and motor function.

8. Regulates blood sugar - Several studies have shown that cholorogenic acid found in blueberries help to lower/regulates blood sugar levels and control glucose levels in type-ll diabetes mellitus condition.

9. Contains B-complex vitamins - Blueberries also contain vitamins of the B-complex group such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenin acid. It is said to have a very good amount of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins help the body to metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats.

Also, they contain good amount of minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc. Potassium is a very important component of the body’s cells and fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.

Iron is required for the formation of red blood cells, Copper is required for the production of red blood cells, Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme and superoxide dismutase.

Now what? Here's What: Get yourself some blueberries and eat them or make a blueberry smoothie and drink it down. Trust me, you will do a good thing for your body.

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