The Health Benefits of Blueberries - Paula Owens, MS

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Blueberries for a Healthy Brain

The Health Benefits of Blueberries - Paula Owens, MS Holistic Nutrition and Functional HealthBlueberries are one of my favorite nutrient-dense power foods. These sweet flavorful berries are loaded with nutrients for healthy brain function, and come with a variety of healing, medicinal health benefits.

The Health Benefits of Blueberries

Of all berries, blueberries are the most nutrient-dense. Blueberries improve memory, protect the heart and reduce the risk of  Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that “daily blueberry consumption improves blood pressure and arterial stiffness.” Another study in published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A found that “after one month, participants who consumed 200gm (approximately one cup_ of blueberries every day for a month exhibited improved blood vessel function and reduced their systolic blood pressure—an effect similar to prescription blood pressure drugs.”

Food is Medicine: The Healing Powers of Blueberries

20 Health Benefits of Blueberries

  1. Mega anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties
  2. Beneficial for urinary tract health
  3. Support eye health preserving vision
  4. Help lose that hard to get rid of belly fat (polyphenols inhibit formation of new fat cells and aid in the process to breakdown stored fat)
  5. High in fiber – helpful for constipation, healthy gut function and digestion
  6. Enhanced bile synthesis for healthy liver and gallbladder function
  7. Protect against oxidative stress by neutralizing free-radicals
  8. Slow down age-related diseases, improve brain function and help to prevent memory loss
  9. Protection against varicose veins, hemorrhoids and peptic ulcers
  10. Cardiovascular health: the antioxidants in blueberries are strongly linked to reduced levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol
  11. Regular intake of blueberries help to reduce high blood pressure
  12. The perfect brain-boosting fruit, blueberries help to prevent brain degeneration and the death of brain cells and neurons
  13. High in antioxidants – anthocyanin, vitamins A, B, C, E, copper, selenium and zinc
  14. Blueberry lovers have a 23% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  15. Improved learning and word recall
  16. Reduced symptoms of depression
  17. Enhance multiple gene functions in the brain to better deal with inflammation from toxic exposure, environmental chemicals and various forms of stress
  18. Anti-cancer properties, prevent cancer cells from growing quickly
  19. Bone-healthy food that activate the formation of bone-building osteoblasts
  20. Accelerated muscle recovery after strenuous leg exercises

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