15 Proven Health Benefits of Blueberries

15 Health Benefits of Blueberries

1. Blueberries are Very High in Nutrients

Summary: Blueberry is a plethora of phytonutrients that put it on top of the ANDI list, making it one of the healthiest fruits available. Its antioxidant capacity, high amount of essential vitamins and minerals makes it ‘the superfood’.

2. Blueberries are Packed with Antioxidants

Summary: Blueberry contains the highest antioxidant in comparison to most of the fruits and vegetables. This protects us from degenerative diseases by fighting off the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

3. Blueberries May Inhibit the Growth of Cancer Cells

Summary: Blueberry can definitely be said to be the perfect fruit for cancer pertaining to its high antioxidant content. Functional ingredients in blueberry can prevent cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, reduce inflammation and scavenge the free radicals that cause oxidative stress.

4. Blueberries May Aid in Fat Loss

Summary: Blueberry is considered to have anti-obesity functions. Amongst the several mechanisms associated with it, its effect on the improved glucose control seems to do the trick.

5. Blueberries May Protect From Neurodegenerative Diseases

Summary: The polyphenols in blueberries reduce the oxidative stress in the brain thereby protecting it from aging and neurodegenerative disorders. It has shown to improve general cognitive functions and short term memory.

6. Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Blueberries

Summary: The phenolic acids, flavonoids, and procyanidins in blueberries have anti-inflammatory activity and several studies have confirmed the strong effect. It can increase the cytokines in the body that reduces oxidative stress.

7. Anti-Diabetic Property of Blueberries

Summary: The anti-diabetic property of blueberry is because of the crucial role it plays in the beta cells of the pancreas. It not only reduces its glucolipocity but also increases this cell proliferation, thereby improving insulin secretion.

8. Blueberry May Protect From Liver Diseases

Summary: Blueberries can protect the liver with its antioxidant activity and also work on certain liver enzymes thereby lowering the progression of liver fibrosis. It scavenges free radicals and ensures good liver health.

9. Blueberries May Help Protect Against Heart Disease

Summary: The parameters that are directly and indirectly related to progression to a diseased heart, is lowered by the functional ingredients that are present in blueberries. It lowers inflammation, reduces blood glucose and helps decrease hypertension.

10. Blueberries May Reduce High Blood Pressure

Summary: Blueberries contain the micronutrients that are associated with low blood pressure. It increases the nitric oxide in the blood vessels which acts as a vasodilator. Its antioxidant property scavenges the harmful ROS and maintains efficient blood flow in the vessels.

11. Blueberries Can Improve Brain Health And Memory

Summary: The powerful antioxidants in blueberries reduce the level of oxidative stress in the brain thereby declining the possibility of neurodegenerative diseases related to it.

12. Blueberries May Help Fight Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Summary: Since blueberries have similar constituents like cranberry, it prevents the bacteria from attaching to the urinary bladder lining and prevents UTI.

13. They May Help In Strengthening Bones

Summary: The minerals and vitamins that ensure good bone health are in abundance in blueberries. It has Vitamin K, calcium, manganese, and zinc improves bone mass and decreases calcium excretion.

14. Blueberries May Improve Gut Health

Summary: Blueberries can improve gut health by reducing inflammation, conserving the good bacteria in the gut and reducing the translocation of the bacteria in the gut because of its antioxidant property.

15. Blueberries Can Help Reduce Cholesterol

Summary: The antioxidants present in blueberries lower the LDL cholesterol in the blood and reduce inflammation. Blueberries increase the bile production and usage of endogenous cholesterol, ensuring lesser cholesterol in the body.

Blueberries: Risks, Side Effects, and Drug Interactions

1. Digestive Issues

2. Hypoglycemia

3. Side Effects Of Vitamin K Overdose

4. Can Interact With Certain Medications

5. Can Cause Salicylate Sensitivity In Some Individuals

6. Blueberries And Surgery

The Final Note

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