Blueberries are the second most popular berry in the US fact fans, just behind strawberries and there is very good reason for this wild popularity.
The benefits of these little blue diamonds are almost too numerous to list – boosting memory, reducing risk of heart attack, reduce risk of diabetes and on and on.
In a study involving older adults (with an average age of 76 years), 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption was enough to improve scores on two different tests of cognitive function including memory. While participants in the study consumed blueberries in the form of juice, three-quarters of a pound of blueberries were used to make each cup of juice. As participants consumed between 2 to 2-1/2 cups each day, the participants actually received a very plentiful amount of berries. The authors of this study were encouraged by the results and suggested that blueberries might turn out to be beneficial not only for improvement of memory, but for slowing down or postponing the onset of other cognitive problems frequently associated with aging.
Bladder news now, Blueberries contain compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, this helps ward off urinary-tract infections), according to a University study.
This page details many of more of the benefits as well as offering to sell you organic blueberries that are intriguingly “Non China”. TDF has no affiliation with this page by the way!
It also turns out that we can freeze blueberries without damaging the antioxidants within. They can now be a truly all year round health treat.
National blueberry month is in July, perhaps I should have written this then.
Blueberries are one of the only natural foods that are truly blue in colour. Researching this meant I delved into a whole world of argument over what foods are actually blue. The internet is a truly strange place.
Most highbush blueberries are used for fresh market, while lowbush blueberries are used primarily in food processing.
Native Americans once called them “star berries,” because the five points of blueberry blossoms make a star shape.
Blueberries for weight loss
Blueberries are a fantastic aid to weight loss. A big juicy cup full will only be around 80 kcals and 4 grams of fibre mean you feel full too. They can be great in smoothies, as part of a fruit salad, juices and go brilliantly with porridge.