Key ingredient: Blueberries

Key ingredient: Blueberries

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get a powerful dose of your daily nutrients. Blueberries are a tiny fruit, but they are packed full of undeniable health benefits. Here are some quick facts about the health benefits of blueberries:

Improve immunity. Blueberries rank the highest of any fruit for their antioxidant content. Antioxidants found in blueberries (including vitamins A, C, E and B complex, copper, selenium, zinc and iron) boost the immune system and prevent infections.

Support digestion. One cup of blueberries contains 14 percent of the daily recommended dose of fiber, which keeps your digestive system working properly.

Aid in weight loss. Blueberries are a healthy snack that is low in calories — there are fewer than 100 calories in a full cup.

Prevent UTIs. Like cranberries, blueberries contain compounds that help ward off urinary tract infections.

Boost brain health. The abundance of flavonoids found in blueberries may be associated with slowed cognitive decline.

Protect heart health. A diet rich in blueberries can lower blood cholesterol levels and improve glucose control and insulin sensitivity, lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

When buying blueberries, be sure to choose a carton with plump, firm berries that have a bright color. All blueberries have a waxy white coating, but keep an eye out for white mold.

Have you been overlooking the health benefits of this tiny superfood? Try this simple recipe to get more blueberries in your diet.

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie

1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon of honey
Handful of ice

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness and add more honey if needed. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


Posted: 5/02/2016 by Goshen Health
Filed under: healthy eating, nutrition

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