Blueberries are rich with gallic acid. Gallic acid is a powerful antifungal/antiviral agent and is an extremely effective antioxidant. Here are 7 nutritional benefits from blueberries:
- Combats Aging: Blueberries are full of anti-oxidants that reverse damage done by toxins and free radicals. They also include proanthocyanidins, which has been shown in animal studies to include anti-aging properties. Proanthocyanidins are shown to reverse inflammation in the body. Inflammation has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
- Boosts the Brain: Blueberries are known as “neuro-protective agents”. According to researchers, blueberries can protect our brains from degeneration, neurotoxicity and oxidative stress. Other brain boosting foods are: blackberries, cashews, hazelnuts, mangos, plums, strawberries, green tea, and red wine.
- Fights Cancer: According to the “Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology” a published study stated researchers discovered that blueberries and gallic acid slow and even destroy breast cancer.
- Supports Digestion: Blueberries are a great source of fiber. A University of Maine researcher stated that wild blueberries have prebiotic potential (food for the good bacteria in the colon) which will promote digestion.
- Promotes Heart Health: The journal “Circulation” published a study showing that eating strawberries and blueberries together actually decreases your risk of heart attack by up to 33 percent. Blueberries are also beneficial for lowering LDL cholesterol, raising HDL cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.
- Benefits the Skin: Blueberry extract skin care products are becoming popular. The wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals help restore hormone balance, which counteracts acne. Also, resveratrol in blueberries is proven to reduce damage from over-exposure to the sun.
- Aids Weight Loss: Blueberries are low in calories, low on the glycemic index and high in fiber. Because this fruit breaksdown more slowly, it may help control appetite and delay hunger.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR