Fresh, Healthy, Delicious Blueberries!

Blueberries (3)Currently, the US blueberry season in full swing, and the market is flooded with vast amounts of the fresh, blue, tasty blueberries sitting in produce coolers across the country.

Americans and people all over the world are buying and eating more blueberries than ever before! One of the main reasons for their increased popularity is the uniquely flavorful taste found in this versatile North American fruit.

Another driving factor for the drastic increase in blueberry consumption is the long list of nutritious vitamins, nutrients, and minerals found in blueberries along with the seemingly unlimited health benefits that are constantly being discovered in the health field.

Blueberries have only 84 calories per 8 ounces, and they are also rich in vitamins and minerals including fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Gallic acid which may be useful as a natural anti-inflammatory agent for allergies, and manganese. In addition, they have more antioxidants than most vegetables and fruit found in your grocery store.

Blueberries have an unusually high number of the photochemical called anthocyanin, a type of antioxidant responsible for a blueberry’s beautiful blue color that helps fight off dangerous cancer-causing free radicals. Anthocyanins are also associated with improvement of learning and remembering in humans.

Some of the areas of health benefits associated with blueberries in recent years include heart disease, brain function, erectile dysfunction, skin, eyesight, urinary infections, aging, cancer, blood pressure, PTSD, and many more.

The most recent research involving blueberries' health benefits comes from a study by James Joseph, Ph.D. in which laboratory animals were fed blueberry extracts resulting in increased neuron function and brain communication.