The blueberry is a flowering shrub that produces berries that are first green in color but turn and change to a blue and purple berry. These are (2) two common types:
- Highbush blueberries: Most commonly grown in the U.S.
- Lowbush blueberries: are often referred to as Wild blueberries because they are typically smaller and richer in some of the Antioxidants. Here are just some of the health benefits of blueberries as follows:
Protects Against Cancer
Blueberries are super rich in Antioxidant s. You know the stuff that fights off cell damage on the molecular level. The damage in our bodies from the free radicals of unstable molecules in our cells. Blueberries are believed to contain THE HIGHEST ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY of ALL fruits and vegetables. The main ingredient compounds of blueberries belong to a large family of Polyphenols called Flavonoids. These group of flavonoids is thought to be responsible for much of its anti-cancer properties since it protects the cell membranes that lead to CANCER and many other diseases. DNA damage is part of the reason we all grow older- I have called this condition AGE RELATED DEGENERATION (ARD), and it also plays an important role in the development of other related diseases.
Protects Against Bad Cholesterol
Our oxidative damage is not limited to our cells and DNA damage. It also helps with our circulating LDL or bad cholesterol when are blood cells gets oxidized. In fact, the oxidation of LDL is a crucial step in the heart disease process. Fortunately for us, the antioxidants in blueberries are strongly linked to reducing the levels of oxidized LDL. A daily 10 oz. serving of blueberries lowered LDL oxidation by approx. 27% of obese participants after a period of eight weeks.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Blueberries appear to have significant benefits for people with HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, a major risk factor for one of the world’s leading killers. In one study done obese individuals at high risk for heart disease noted a 4-6% reduction in blood pressure after consuming about SO grams (1.7 oz) of blueberries Other studies have found similar effects, especially when looking upon post menopausal women. Since (HBP) HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE is the leading cause of STROKES and HEART ATTACKS these results are huge.
Helps Brain Function And Improves Memory
We know that oxidative stress can accelerate the brains aging process having negative effects on brain function. According to animal studies, the antioxidants in blueberries tend to accumulate in areas of the brain that are essential for Intelligence. They appear to directly interact with the aging neurons leading to improve brain signaling. A six-year study of over 16,000 elderly participants, they were linked to delays in brain aging (AGE RELATED DEGENERATION) by up to (3) three years, amazing.
The Anthocyanins Has Anti-Diabetic Effect
Blueberries are one of the most moderate in natural sugar content and are made up of 85% water. Its bioactive compounds appear to outweigh any negative impact of sugar when it comes to blood sugar control. Research suggests that anthocyanins in blueberries can have beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. These anti-diabetic effects have been shown in both blueberry juice and extract. Improved insulin sensitivity should lower the risk of metabolic syndrome and TYPE II DIABETES which are currently some of the world’s biggest health problems.
Helps With Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are a common problem in women. It is well known that cranberry juice can help prevent these types of infections. Blueberries are related to cranberries (Like cousins) and possess many of the same active substances as cranberry juice. These substances are called Antioxidants and help prevent bacteria like E. COLI from building into the wall of the bladder in women.
Helps Muscle Damage Due To Strenuous Exercise
Strenuous exercise (Like when you overdo it) can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue. This is directly in part by inflammation and oxidative stress in the muscle tissue. Blueberries may reduce the damage that occurs at the molecular level. This minimizes soreness and the reduction in overall muscle performance. Bottom line in our daily busy lives we, don’t want any pain in our lives or backs if we are getting in our cars or anything else we do. When we gotta go, we got to go. No pain no gain. So friggin what.
Men Need Blueberries
The daily consumption of blueberries is super important for your overall health and most important for men. Because if you’re a man you need to also do some strenuous exercise and when you’re increasing your muscle mass more than women. The stress on your muscles from your exercise (depending on what you do) can and will put stress on your muscles and joints in a way that must be healed. That is why men are highly recommended to have at least 16 oz of blueberries every day of your life and for women a less of a quantity and more Strawberries