Blueberries, along with the other berries, belong to the family Ericaceae. Blueberry is a small perennial shrub that has berry fruit. Fresh and ripe fruits are purple, and sometimes can be darker, almost black. These little berries hide miraculous curative properties. Excellent source of flavonoids, particularly anthocyanins which has excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Eat Blueberries for a healthy heart!
The benefits of this amazing fruit are numerous, and new benefits are being discovered every day, additional beneficial effects on the body from consuming blueberries. Among the most important is the positive effect on weight loss and maintenance of heart health.
Blueberries are especially recommended for people who have difficulties in reducing the belly fat, those who are experiencing elevated levels of cholesterol, as well as patients who have problems with the regulation of blood sugar levels.
The soluble fiber in the blueberry reduces the level of bad cholesterol, and its antioxidant properties will prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, which might result in an accumulation of plaque on the walls of blood vessels. The positive effects of blueberries are most effective when the fruit is consumed in combination with a low calorie diet. The fat that sticks on the stomach significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The recent studies on the nutritional values of many fruits showed improvement of the health condition in men at high risk of cardiovascular disease, after only three days of regular drinking fresh blueberry juice. The main reason for the positive effect of blueberries is the presence of antioxidants, which contribute to small but significant metabolic changes.
Blueberries have a positive impact on the sight and memory. Series nutritional studies suggest that the blueberries feed the brain and help in the maintenance of mental abilities in older people.
Additionally, blueberries maintain the eyes health and improve the night sight at people who suffer from chicken blindness.
Few tips for consumption
Keep the blueberries in a dry place to prevent decay. Remove the rotten berries immediately from the rest to prevent decay of the other blueberries.
Don’t keep blueberries at room temperature more than a day. Keep them in a container that doesn’t allow entrance of air and put it in the fridge. On this way the blueberries last up to one week. However, it is best to eat the blueberries while they’re fresh.