Top 3 Health Benefits of Blueberries
July is National Blueberry Month and it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy those delicious little berries. Currently, in season blueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular. Often labeled a “superfood,” they are low in calories and incredibly good for you. Best of all, blueberries are tasty and convenient. Here are the top 3 health benefits of blueberries.
1.) Blueberries offer a variety of nutrients
Blueberries are among the most nutrient-dense berries and contain fiber, vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese and serve as an excellent source of other important nutrients. Best of all blueberries are about 85% water so it’s a perfect snack to help you stay hydrated in the summertime.
2.) Blueberries are rich in antioxidants
For those who don’t know, antioxidants protect our bodies from damage by free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage cellular structures and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer. It turns out blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables due to containing flavonoids called anthocyanins which offer most of the beneficial health effects our bodies crave.
3.) Blueberries aid digestion and weight loss
Being a natural source of soluble and insoluble fiber, blueberries can help regulate your gastrointestinal tract by just eating a couple of handfuls a day. And easier digestion can help aid weight loss. Because blueberries are low in calories, low on the glycemic index and high in fiber they can help control appetite and delay hunger cues which can help with weight management because they are absorbed more slowly and stay in your digestive tract longer.
Is it any wonder people consider blueberries to be a super food? These round purple berries give long-life health benefits that far exceed their tiny size. Blueberries are also attributed to glowing, young skin. As if we need another reason to love these sweet and tart little berries. If you’d like more information about choosing healthy foods rich in antioxidants or if you’d like to schedule a complimentary nutrition consultation to get healthy this summer, please contact Right Nutrition Works today.
Prajakta Apte, RDN
Right Nutrition Works
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