How Blueberries Can Improve Your Health | #MealsThatHeal
05 Jul

How Blueberries Can Improve Your Health

Science tells us that the darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level. Antioxidants are to the body, the way rust-proof works on a car – they have the ability to mop up free radicals and keep you looking younger, longer. Thus, dark foods with a purple pigment such as blueberries, are known for having amazing healing powers. 

 

Here are some reasons why you should run out and buy some wild blueberries:

1. Blueberries can ease the pain of arthritis: Molecules in blueberries provide the building blocks for an antioxidant known as SOD, superoxide dismutase. SOD is important in disarming the most harmful of free radicals our bodies (1) – specifically the nasty free radicals that like to break down the synovial fluid that lubricates our joints. 

2. Blueberries improve your memory: Research shows that flavanoids in blueberries decrease the risk of age-related memory decline by protecting the area of the brain that houses memory. Kaempferol is a specific flavanoid shown to exercise protection of neural tissue and may be helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. (2)

3. Blueberries are packed with pectin, a great soluble fibre: Science shows that pectin has an effect on cardiovascular health (3) by preventing the thickening of arterial walls. It is the thickening of arteries along with plaque build-up that makes arteries narrow, which affects blood pressure and eventually leads to cardiovascular disease. 

4. Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese: We need very little quantities of this mineral so we always get it from our food, but the small amounts do a big job! Manganese is necessary for bone growth and synthesis of new bone in growing children. (4) It can also aid in repairing bones in cases of damage such as a break or fracture.

5. Blueberries are a great source of the always wonderful vitamin C: Blueberries can help our bodies resist the physical signs of ageing such as wrinkles and saggy skin as Vitamin C is extremely important in the synthesis of collagen (5) – the connective tissue that gives our skin its youthful elasticity.

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1. Kelvin J. A. Davies: “Oxidative Stress, Antioxidant Defenses, and Damage Removal, Repair, and Replacement Systems.” IUBMB.org Volume 50, Issue 4-5
October 2000 Pages 279–289, 10.1080/713803728
 
2. Steven J. Coultrap, Paula C. Bickford and Michael D. Browning: “Blueberry-enriched diet ameliorates age-related declines in NMDA receptor-dependent LTP.” Age (Dordr). 2008 Dec; 30(4): 263–272. Published online 2008 Aug 10. doi:  10.1007/s11357-008-9067-y PMCID: PMC2585650
 
3.Huiyun Wu, Kathleen M Dwyer, Zhihong Fan, Anne Shircore, Jing Fan, and James H Dwyer: “Dietary fiber and progression of atherosclerosis: the Los Angeles Atherosclerosis Study.” Am J Clin Nutr December 2003 vol. 78 no. 6 1085-1091
 
4. By Phyllis A. Balch: “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.
 
5. Harish Padh Ph.D: “Vitamin C: Newer Insights into Its Biochemical Functions.” Nutrition Reviews: Volume 49, Issue 3 March 1991 Pages 65–70, DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1991.tb07407.x