Apart from its popularity, blueberries consistently ranked in the US diet to be among the fruits that have high antioxidant capacities.
With the vast range of antioxidants found in blueberries, you can only expect to find studies showing that the body systems that require special protection from oxygen damage such as the cardiovascular system developed enhanced antioxidant defenses. However, what is astonishing about the studies on blueberries is the entire body relevance.
The phytonutrient content of blueberries has been the focus of most researches on blueberries. The first phytonutrients commonly mentioned as properties of blueberries are the anthocyanins. These colorful antioxidant pigments not only give a number of foods their amazing red, blue, and purple shades, they have wonderful nutrition-supportive properties as well.
Apart from the fact that anthocyanins found in blueberries are amazing phytonutrients and support for our body systems, blueberries actually contain a variety of health-promoting phytonutrients.
Daily blueberry intake of about a cup or two helps improve blood fat balances in a number of ways which include having reduced triglycerides, increased HDL cholesterol level, and lowered total cholesterol level.
Apparently, blueberries are not only beneficial in terms of improving memory but also in delaying the onset of some cognitive problems that are often linked with aging.
The anthocyanins in blueberries have shown to be capable of protecting the retina from oxidative stress. Moreover, anthocyanins can provide defenses for the retina from damage caused by sunlight.
Further, there are a growing number of researches on blueberries that focus on its cancer-fighting benefits. Cancer of the small intestine, esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer are the types of cancer that have already been studied in connection with blueberry intake.
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