Health Benefits: Blueberries

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Fresh blueberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, the pigments responsible for the blue colour of blueberries

Antioxidants are important because they appear to be at least partially responsible for lowering the risk of cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants do this by protecting the body’s blood vessel walls, making them more resistant to damage caused by oxidation.

The process of oxidation in the human body damages cell membranes and other structures including cellular proteins, lipids and DNA and is also thought to be responsible for accelerated ageing.

Antioxidants also seem to have a role in delaying the aging process. Fresh blueberries contain 15 different anthocyanins, as well as other antioxidants like vitamin C.

Berries in general are considered low in terms of their glycemic index (GI) which is good. GI is a common way of identifying the potential impact of a food on our blood sugar level once we’ve consumed and digested that food.

Research indicates that adding a good handful of fresh blueberries to your daily variety of fresh fruits and vegetables would essentially double the body’s antioxidant level. Fresh blueberries are rich in vitamin C and naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Fresh blueberries contain iron, potassium and other important minerals, and are a good source of
dietary fibre.

Great for breakfast in a smoothly, served with porridge or just eat a handful as a snack.