Blueberries are not only sweet, succulent and full of nutrients, but they can be eaten in a variety of ways, either plain or in a fruit salad, or with a bowlful of your favourite cereal. Here are some of the health benefits of this superfood.
Studies show that blueberries are not only rich in antioxidants, but are loaded with vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc and iron, which are important nutrients needed by the body to boost the immune system and prevent infections.
Since blueberries are high in fibre and antioxidant, they can help dissolve the bad cholesterol and strengthen the heart muscles. And since they are high in fibre, they also help sweep the intestines clean and improve digestion.
And since blueberries are packed with antioxidants, they help reverse the damage inflicted by toxins and free radicals and help the body protect itself against dangerous pathogens. So if you want to stay young and healthy, add a handful of fresh blueberries to your diet.
Studies show that since blueberries are rich in phenols, particularly gallic acid, they tend to protect our brains from degeneration, neurotoxicity and oxidative stress.
Research also shows that since blueberries are a rich source of the phytonutrients ellagic acid, which has enables the body to find and destroy harmful or damaged cells, thereby keeping disease at bay.
Blueberries are also low in calories. About 100 grams of blueberries contain just 57 calories, making them the ideal snack for those on a weight loss diet.
REVOFIT TAKE: It should be noted that in some instances blueberries may cause allergic reactions which may include swelling and redness of mouth, lips and tongue, eczema, hives, skin rash, headache, runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing and gastrointestinal disturbances. So if you are already sensitive to certain foods, it is best to check with a medical practitioner before consuming this superfruit.