18 June 2023

The wonders of blueberries!


Blueberries & the health benefits

Amazing how these little fruits can be so beneficial for the body.

The latest research from Kings College London & Reading Uni has been published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  It has found that eating just a handful of blueberries daily for 3 months produced a host of health benefits:

  • Improved memory
  • Improved brain function
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Faster reaction times for activities in men & women from 65 – 80 yrs.

Studies have shown that blueberries are key to supporting health as we age.  They have been shown to help preserve:

  • cognitive function
  • brain health
  • fighting DNA damage
  • fighting heart disease in older people
  • helps lower cholesterol

Flavonoids & Antioxidants

All deep coloured fruits/berries & veggies are often higher in flavonoids & offer more health benefits.  However, blueberries have been found to be the king of the benefits, highest in antioxidants.

You can eat them from frozen – again research into frozen fruits & veggies often shows higher levels of nutrients than from fresh.  It’s because they are picked and frozen immediately which locks in the nutrients, unlike fresh fruit & veg which are transported, then sit in shops and then at home.

I buy frozen fruit all the time and I just have to remember to get them out before I eat them, to take the ‘edge’ off the coldness.

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