With summer now upon us, it’s time for blueberry season. Blueberries have long been a favorite summertime snack. However, what you might not know is just how good for you those little blueberries really are. Today, we’ll go over some of the health benefits that they can bring to the table.
Blueberries have many vitamins and minerals that help support healthy bones such as vitamin K and calcium. This calcium along with the potassium they contain also helps with lowering blood pressure. The berries have a high fiber content, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, all three of which helps promote heart health. All of these aforementioned vitamins also make blueberries a wonder fruit against cancer. They inhibit tumor growth, protect cells against free radical damage, and help either slow down or ward off several cancer types such as colon, mouth, and lung cancer.
The high fiber content of the berries also makes them a good item in any diabetic’s diet. This fiber content is great for promoting digestive health as well. The high fiber helps make them a good filler food for dieting as they help make you feel fuller without the extra calories. It’s estimated that one cup of fresh blueberries only has 84 calories, but contains 14% of your daily recommended fiber intake.
A final, but more superficial, benefit is that they can also help fight off wrinkles. Remember though that as good as blueberries are, it’s not good to rely on just one food, as a balanced diet is what’s most optimal to promote good health.