Blueberries – Natures Superfood
Blueberries are Rich in Phytonutrients
Imagine something formidable enough to help reduce your risk of disease and cancer without side effects? What if I told you that you could find it anywhere, and it tastes delicious?
Scientific research has demonstrated that blueberries are rich in phytonutrients which are an element found in plants thought to be valuable for health and a disease prevention. Blueberries help to improve diabetes, cancer, short-term memory and supports healthy aging.
Blueberries Rank No. 1 in Antioxidants
Studies by the USDA Human Nutrition Center found blueberries rank No. 1 in antioxidants when compared to 40 other fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in blueberries help to reduce the buildup of LDL (bad cholesterol) in arteries that contributes to heart disease and stroke. The antioxidant Anthocyanin helps counteract free radicals which are harmful results of metabolism that can lead to cancer and other age-related diseases.
Blueberries are low in calories, full of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6. One cup of blueberries contains only 84 calories, has 14% of the recommended daily dose (4 gms) of dietary fiber, and 24% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C (14.4 mg).
Traditional and Allopathic Uses
Both the fruit and leaf to are used to make traditional medicine. Blueberries are used to treat, cataracts and glaucoma, ulcers, urinary tract infections, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fever, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, improving circulation and as a laxative. The dried leaves can be used to make a tea which is then used to treat sore throats and for swelling of the mouth or throat. Allopathic (mainstream) medicine uses the juice as a contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which helps radiologists to see and interpret images.
Choosing Color and Quantity
When choosing, blueberries remember the deeper the color, the more antioxidants (Anthocyanin) they will contain, and they will be sweeter which makes them even more delicious! The appropriate amount of blueberries you can consume in a day would depend on age and health conditions. Scientists have not determined the specific amount to procure the most health benefits at this time. The health and nutrition community do want you to be sure to include a variety other fruits and vegetables in your daily diet to ensure you are getting all required micronutrients from food sources. What you place in your mouth will affect how you feel today and in the future, 50% to 70% of suffering could be eradicated by what people eat and how much you move.
Cathie Glennon – BCRPA/SFL, Pharm Tech (Level 3)