July is National Blueberry Month!
Blueberries are my favorite superfood.
They are packed with nutrients, versatile, and delicious.
One reason I adore blueberries so much is that they are an antioxidant superfood.
The main reason blueberry makes it to my favorite fruit list is that they are so versatile.
From tossing them into cold cereal, oatmeal, or on top of pancakes, to making smoothies, blueberry rules!
Blueberries are delicious in salads, pastries, cakes, and pies.
Truly you are only limited by your imagination.
You can use blueberry in savory dishes as well such as grilled cheese sandwiches with herbs.
So just what is it that makes blueberries so wonderful?
Let’s take a look at the Top 5 Health Benefits of Blueberries:
Note: This article is not meant to replace the medical advice of your doctor. I am not a health care professional, nor an expert in medicine.
1. Memory, Focus, and Cognitive Abilities.
As a midlife woman, I am concerned with memory and cognitive abilities.
The blueberry can improve short-term memory loss and motor coordination. Blueberry can also reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Blueberries are also known to help ward off Parkinson’s disease.
Blueberry can also help with focus and concentration.
Studies have shown that eating blueberries can help improve your vision.
I have worn glasses my entire life. As a Type 1 Diabetic, my doctors have always been concerned with my vision. I have my vision tested, as well as additional vision tests for retinopathy done every year.
I am very aware that I need to take excellent care of my eyes.
Eating blueberries is just one more step I take in maintaining good eye health.
3. Anti-aging Properties
Blueberries have excellent anti-aging effects.
Just one cup of blueberries has the equivalent of 24% of your daily vitamin C needs.
Blueberry is excellent for fighting wrinkles due to the skin’s need for vitamin C.
Skin texture is also improved by eating blueberries.
When you consider the cost of quality skincare, eating blueberries is an affordable way to give your skin a natural boost, not to mention the yum factor!
4. Healthy Heart
Blueberry is a great way to support heart health!
Blueberries are loaded with fiber which helps to lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood. This helps to decrease your risk for heart disease.
Blueberry is also full of potassium, folate, vitamin B6, and C.
This is yet another health hazard we all need to be concerned about, but even more so as midlifers.
5. Blueberry aids in digestion.
Why would I select digestion as one of the top 5 ways blueberry is healthy when there are so many other wonderful advantages to eating them?
Digestion is the key to a healthy overall way of life!
Having a healthy gut can create a better lifestyle overall, for all of us.
When we are not properly digesting our immune system suffers.
When the immune system is at risk we can not fight off other illness and disease.
70% of our immune system is within our digestive tract! That’s astounding!
Blueberries also help prevent constipation and no one likes being constipated!
The fact is there are so many benefits to eating blueberries I could start an entire blog based on this topic alone!
I enjoy eating blueberry in many ways but when in a rush I just eat them plain with a bit of whipped cream on top.
Incorporating blueberry into your daily meal planning is super easy.
I would love to hear how you eat your blueberries!
Leave me a comment with your favorite way to use them.
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