Don’t judge a berry by it’s color. Blueberries will have you smiling for days. Not only are they sweet and tasty but they are extraordinarily healthy. Blueberries have been considered the healthiest fruit for more than twenty years. In 1996 FDA found that blueberries have the most antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable. (1) Since then even more research has been done proving that blueberries have some amazing qualities, such as anti-aging properties.
Preserve Your Mind
As time goes on our minds tend to go. Luckily blueberries have been proven to improve memory in the elderly. (2) Blueberries are blue because they contain anthocyanin which is a purpley-blue pigment with antioxidative properties. Some scientists believe that the anthocyanin is part of what give blueberries all their amazing health properties. (3) Blueberries not only help with memory retention but also with preventing brain damage. A recent study showed that rats that ate lots of blueberries were able to use 20% more of their neurons after having a stroke than normal rats. (4) If this is any indication of how the human mind works I would strongly suggest eating more blueberries.
Protect Your Heart
It’s important to protect your heart, figuratively and literally. By eating blueberries you can keep your heart physically strong. Blueberries contain lots of important micronutrients and fiber that contribute to a healthy heart. (5) They also contain lots of antioxidants that have been shown to prevent heart disease. (6) Blueberries help get your blood pumping. I heart blueberries!
Strengthen Your Body
I hate being sick. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cough, a runny nose, or I’m puking my guts out, I hate being sick! Amazingly blueberries can help prevent you from getting sick. A long time ago people used to eat blueberries for medicinal properties. (7) Modern science tells us that blueberries boost your immune system by increasing your white blood cell count. (8) Now I’m not saying that if you eat a blueberry a day you will never be sick again, but blueberries are better than apples at keeping the doctor away.
Blueberries can help your mind, body and soul. They protect you mind, heart, and body from illness. Blueberries don’t give people the blues; they do just the opposite.