What comes to your mind when we say blueberry? The most common answer will surely be a creamy blueberry cheesecake or luscious blueberry jam! This fruit from the berry family has garnered a huge share of fan following due to its rich colour, tangy-sweet taste and various mouth-watering culinary experiments. But, that’s not all! Other than being a great inclusion in different recipes, blueberry is also known to be a proud member of the super food category due to its multiple health benefiting properties.
Here’re Are The 6 Most Significant Health Benefits Of Blueberries:
Improve Gut Health
Native to North America, this deep purple-coloured fruit is dubbed to be rich in fibre content. As per a study by Lund University, Faculty of Engineering in Sweden, the fibre in blueberries help to protect against intestinal inflammations, improving overall gut health. The study further says that the effect can be accelerated if blueberries are consumed with probiotics (like yogurt).
Manage Blood Pressure
According to a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Science, including a cup of blueberries in your daily diet may help lower blood pressure. It is also known to improve the functioning of the cells.
Improve Heart Health
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which may help improve blood fat balance and prevent clogging of the arteries. This further leads to improvement of heart health. Additionally, several studies have found that eating blueberries daily can lower the risk of heart attack by 32 percent.
Blueberries are touted to be low in glycemic index; hence, these fruits may help in regulating blood sugar level. Some studies have also linked the anthocyanins in blueberries with improving insulin sensitivity. Hence, nutritionists suggest blueberries as snacks for people suffering from diabetes.
Improve Bone Health
Blueberries are stated to be rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc etc. Each of these nutrients is known to promote bone health.
Improve Brain Function
Several studies have found that consumption of antioxidant-rich blueberries can slow down cognitive decline and aid the functioning of brain.
Now, that you are aware of the amazing health benefits of blueberries, include them in your daily diet to make it both tasty and nutrient-rich.
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