Blueberries

Scientific Name – Cyanococcus

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 100 grams.
CategoryAmount
Calories57
Total Fat0.3 g
Saturated fat0 g
Polyunsaturated fat0 g
Monounsaturated fat0.1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium1 mg
Potassium77 mg
Total Carbohydrate14 g
Dietary fiber2.4 g
Sugar10 g
Protein0.7 g
Vitamin A1%
Vitamin B-65%
Vitamin B-120%
Vitamin C16%
Vitamin D0%
Calcium0%
Iron1%
Magnesium1%

Blueberry’s Facts

THEY ARE GOOD SOURCE OF PHYTONUTRIENTS

They contain a group of natural phytonutrients (plant nutrient) called proanthocyanidins which have a unique ability to protect both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some environmental toxins.

IT SERVE AS ANTIOXIDANT

Blueberries, being very rich in anti-oxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, iron (promotes immunity by raising hemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood) etc. boost up your immune system and prevent infections. Once your immunity is strong, you won’t catch colds, fever, pox and all such nasty viral and bacterial communicable diseases.

BLUEBERRY PREVENTS URINARY TRACT INFECTION

The formation of certain bacterial colonies like E-coli along the lining of the inner walls of the urinary tract is responsible for this infection. It results in inflammation, a burning sensation during the passage of urine and other complications. For this condition, blueberries can be surprisingly beneficial. It has a compound formed of large, polymer-like molecules which inhibit the growth of such bacteria. It also has certain antibiotic properties which add to this effect. These heavy molecules scrub these bacteria off the walls along the track, thereby preventing the infection. So far, this compound has only been found in cranberries and blueberries.

IT COMBATS AGING

Antioxidants are your best friend to keep Father Time at bay. They help reverse damage done by toxins and free radicals and help your body defend itself against dangerous pathogens. Not only are blueberries rich in antioxidants as a whole, but they are especially rich in proanthocyanidins, which have been observed to have additional anti-aging properties in several animal studies. Much of the research has linked this to the ability of proanthocyanidins to reverse inflammation, the No. 1 of chronic disease in the world. Inflammation is at the root of most diseases and taxes the body like no other — it causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer and almost every illness known to man.

BLUEBERRIES PROVIDES FIBER

It is common knowledge that fiber is an integral part of a well-balanced diet. Blueberries, rich in fiber, not only keep your digestive system healthy but also help you get healthier skin.

RICH SOURCE OF THE PHYTONUTRIENTS ELLAGIC ACID

Ellagic acid has proven anticancer and genetic-material-protection capabilities. It also encourages a healthy rate of apoptosis—how the body seeks out and destroys harmful or damaged cells, like cancer cells.

AID IN REDUCING BELLY FAT

A new University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study suggests that blueberries may help reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. So far, we know that the fruit works on rats, which were the test subjects. A blueberry-enriched powder was mixed into the rats’ diet, which was either low-fat or high-fat rat chow. After 90 days, the rats with the blueberry-enriched diet had less abdominal fat, lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol and improved fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity. And their health was even better when combined with the low-fat diet. That group had lower body weight, lower total fat mass, and reduced liver mass than the rats on the high-fat diet. An enlarged liver is linked to obesity and insulin resistance, a hallmark of diabetes. Although more research is needed to confirm these results in humans, a related study presented at the same conference showed that men with risk factors for heart disease who drank wild blueberry juice for three weeks seemed to experience slight improvements in glucose and insulin control.

IMPROVES EYE CARE & MACULAR DEGENERATION

Blueberries are one of the best alternatives for spectacles, contact-lenses, eye-drops, medications and eye surgeries. They can prevent or delay all age-related ocular problems like macular degeneration, cataracts, myopia and hypermetropia, dryness, and infections, particularly those pertaining to the retina, due to their antioxidant properties. Macular degeneration is a serious problem where the retina of the eye degenerates gradually, ultimately leading to complete or partial blindness. I am certainly not telling you to put blueberries in your eyes, but you can simply eat them for healthier vision. Blueberries contain special groups of antioxidants called carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin etc.), flavonoids (like rutin, resveratrol, quercetin etc.), and other antioxidant compounds like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, selenium, zinc and phosphorus, which are all very beneficial and essential for ocular health.

THEY BOOST THE BRAIN

Because they contain such a high amount of phenols, particularly gallic acid, blueberries are known as “neuroprotective agents.” According to researchers, this means that they can literally protect our brains from degeneration, neurotoxicity and oxidative stress.

REDUCES RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

An increased consumption of blueberries has been linked to improved cardiovascular health. This is, once again, attributed to anthocyanins that are present in blueberries.

BLUEBERRIES ARE EXCELLENT ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AGENTS

They increase the amounts of compounds called heat-shock proteins that decrease as people age. When heat shock proteins decrease the result is inflammation and damage, particularly in the brain. Research shows that by eating blueberries regularly, inflammation lessens.

COMBATS CONSTIPATION & DIGESTION PROBLEMS

While roughage (fiber) in Blue Berries keep away constipation (Of course, a single piece alone will not do. You need to eat a big handful of them), the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose, and acids improve digestion.

FACILITATES HAIR GROWTH

Blueberries help to stimulate the growth of hair due to the presence of the chemicals proanthocyanidins.

GREAT HELP FOR CANCER PATIENTS

Blue Berries can prove to be extremely valuable for cancer patients, for they contain certain compounds like Pterostilbene (an excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and Ellagic Acid which, in harmony with Anthocyanin and other antioxidants like vitamin-C and copper, can do miracles to both prevent and cure cancer.

BLUEBERRIES BENEFITS THE SKIN

Blueberry extract skin care products are becoming very popular around the world. It’s been reported that the wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals help restore hormone balance, which counteracts acne. That makes blueberries an excellent home remedy for acne.

IMPROVES BINOCULAR VISION

There have been several studies that have been undertaken to find a link between blueberries and vision. Researchers have come to the conclusion that blueberries have a negligible impact on night vision but they do improve binocular vision significantly.

BLUEBERRIES CONTAIN SALICYLIC ACID

Salicylic acid is known to thin the blood and reduce pain.

THEY CAN CURE HEART DISEASE

The high fiber content, those brilliant antioxidants and the ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ make the Blue Berry an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases. It also strengthens the cardiac muscles. In this study, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers found that a moderate drink (about 4 ounces) of white wine contained .47 mmol of free radical absorbing antioxidants, red wine provided 2.04 mmol, and a wine made from highbush blueberries delivered 2.42 mmol of these protective plant compounds.

IMPROVES IMMUNITY

Blueberries, being very rich in antioxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial substance), selenium, zinc, and iron (promotes immunity by raising hemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood), it can seriously boost your immune system and prevent infections. Once your immune system is strong, you won’t catch colds, fever, pox and countless other communicable diseases spread by bacteria and viruses.

PREVENTS PREMATURE GRAYING

Graying hair is associated with aging, where the hair loses its pigment. Although there isn’t any conclusive data as to how premature graying occurs in certain people, genes and Vitamin B12 deficiency said to be the primary factors.

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