This little gem contains a high level of antioxidants that help protect our bodies from disease and age-related health problems. It has also gained a rep as a brain booster. Improving Cognitive function and improving our memory.
Here is a quick rundown of six things you should know.
1) Mood enhancers:
A 2016 study found that just by eating blueberries, the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies linked to PTSD are reduced.
2) Memory Booster:
Researchers at Reading University in 2009 found that those who had blueberries performed much better at mental task than those who didn’t. Scientist believe the antioxidants in blueberries helped in keeping the mind active for a longer period because of blood and oxygen stimulation to the brain.
3) Increasing those brain cells:
A 2002 study by the US Agricultural Research Service showed that consuming blueberries can increase the production of brain cells in the hippocampus. What this means is that it helps improve memory performance.
4) Reduce DNA Damage:
The high amount of antioxidants found in blueberries help fight against free radicals. Preventing oxidative damage by up to 20%.
5) Protects against damaging cholesterol:
Protecting against oxidative damage also helps in preventing damage to LDL Cholesterol. When damage is done to these LDL lipoproteins, they then become part of the cause of heart disease.
6) Urinary tract infection:
E-coli along the lining of the inner walls of the urinary tract is responsible for this infection. A compound found in blueberries act like scrubs when they go through our system, helping remove the bacteria.
Fresh blueberries are not cheap, but you could go for the frozen kind which is easier on the pocket. Try a smoothie in the morning to wake you up instead of coffee. They are loaded with vitamins and a great start to your day. Just don’t forget to add those blueberries. Loads of them.