It ‘s blueberry season! From May to October, set aside your strawberries to fill up on the country’s delicious and second most popular berry. A low calorie fruit, blueberries grow in clusters on shrubs in a rich range of blues to purple-blacks. The three main groups of blueberries include the familiar, cultivated highbush, the lowbush wild variety, and the rabbiteye type, native to the southern United States. Native blueberry varieties can also be found globally.

Health benefits abound from regular blueberry consumption.  Awareness of the benefits has increased; adults consume double the amount they did a decade ago.

Why are blueberries beneficial?

·      Phytonutrients

Blueberries are rich in phytonutrients that act as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in the body.

·      Whole Body Antioxidant Support

Scientific evidence shows that every system is strengthened by blueberry consumption.  Muscle repair is assisted, neurological functioning is protected, and the digestive tract is shielded.

·      Cardiovascular Protection

When it comes to the cardiovascular system, blueberries reduce a myriad of risk factors like poor fat balances, cholesterol problems, and cell damage due to oxidation. High blood pressure is also positively impacted.

·      Cognitive Benefits

Most likely due to their vast assortment of antioxidants, the berries appear to help protect aging nerves from oxygen damage, and preserving cognitive function. Researchers hope these findings will lead to more information regarding methods for managing the aging process.

·      Blood Sugar Regulation

Blueberries are a relatively low glycemic, high fiber food; important qualities for assisting blood sugar regulation. Studies show that persons with type 2 diabetes saw significant improvement after ingesting berries over a three month period.

·     Eye Health

The phytonutrient antioxidants found in blueberries are being researched for their ability to reduce the risk of oxygen damage to the retina. Blueberries appear to sheild the retina from sunlight damage as well.

·      Anti-Cancer Properties

Breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, and cancers of the small intestine have been the subjects of blueberries and human cell or animal studies thus far. Full-scale human studies are not far off.

Blueberries may be enjoyed fresh or frozen to retain nutrients.

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