Research suggests that regularly consuming blueberries can have some amazing health benefits. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that contribute to their benefits. Antioxidants function to lessen "free radical" damage to cells caused by environmental pollutants and chemicals. There other benefits to eating blueberries:
Free-radicals can cause damage to cellular DNA, which may lead to genetic mutation. Blueberries help to fight against cancer by lessening free-radical damage to cells from oxidation. They also contain other anti-cancer nutrients. One study suggests that postmenopausal women, who consume at least one serving of blueberries and peaches per week, had decreased risk of breast cancer.
They can help you to lose weight since they are high in fiber, low-calorie and low-fat compared to other foods. One cup of blueberries contains about 85 calories. The antioxidants in blueberries may lead to a decrease in visceral fat around the abdomen. This applies when blueberries are incorporated in a healthy, balanced diet.
Anthocyanin can improve insulin sensitivities in person with diabetes. This means that blueberries can help diabetics to control their blood glucose levels and manage their diabetes. They can also satisfy cravings for sugar.
It is better to consume blueberries, either fresh or frozen. Cooking blueberries tends to destroy the vitamins and antioxidant properties. Also, there was a study that suggests that consuming blueberries with milk will inhibit the effects of some antioxidants, called polyphenols in the blueberries.
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