Blueberries are delicious and perfectly sweet, but did you know that they’re also great for your heart health? In fact, blueberries are highly valued for its high antioxidant value among fruits and vegetables. They contain anthocyanins, which are part of a sub-class of flavanoids and give bluberries their blue color.
These antioxidants help to counter the buildup of plaque, fight free radicals and improve cardiovascular health. Long-term intake of high Anthocyanin is associated with a reduced risk of Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) in young and middle-aged women (1). In fact, another study by Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that “Daily blueberry consumption improves blood pressure and arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women with pre- and stage 1-hypertension.” (2).
These antioxidants are also said to:
- Improve memory
- Reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Help digestion
- Prevent cancer
Blueberries make a great snack, with only 80 calories per cup. They’ll full of dietary fiber, which helps keep you full and improves digestion. 1 cup also contains about 25% of your daily value of Manganese (3).
37% of Americans are deficient in manganese, which can contribute to infertility and bone malformation (4).
Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function. (source)