Blueberries are powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, particularly the anthocyanins, give these tasty nuggets their blue color. In addition to these polyphenols, they contain notably high levels of manganese, vitamins B6, C, K, and dietary fiber. Other substances present in blueberries which may combat inflammation and inhibit development of various cancers are, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonols, tannins, polyphenols, and carotenoids. They also have fiber, folic acid and vitamins C and E.
As delicious and sweet as they are, they are one fruit which may actually help to combat diabetes. Frozen do the trick as well as fresh, and they're easier to find in winter. For such tiny fruits, they deliver a huge wallop of antioxidants of many kinds.This fruit come in different shades and colors, ranging from blue to dark blue to purple-black and feature a white-gray waxy “bloom” that covers the surface that serves as a protective layer.
"When it comes to brain protection, there's nothing quite like blueberries, according to Tufts neuroscientist James Joseph,” as recounted in Newsweek (6/17/02). "'call the blueberry the brain berry,– says Joseph, who attributes the effects to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.” In the Wall Street Journal (4/29/03), a recent article on reversing memory loss noted “blueberries . . . had the strongest impact” in a study showing aging rodents behaved more like their younger counterparts when fed several different fruits. "We now know that blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants, substances that can slow the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer,” according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Here are the most important benefits:
Neutralize Free Radicals
Blueberries are packed with Anthocyanin, a pigment responsible for the dark blue color of the blueberries. This powerful antioxidant help neutralize free radicals that can lead to cancer and other age-related disease.
Maintain Good Eyesight
Nutrients contain in blueberries has proved helpful in enhancing and maintaining people’s eyesight. Blueberries are great source of Vitamin A which is an essential nutrient for maintaining good eyesight.
Prevent Heart Disease
Blueberries have the ability to keep cholesterol levels under control, thus improve heart health. The presence of antioxidants and fiber content makes this fruit a natural food supplement to prevent heart disease.
Slow Aging process
Blueberries have been shown to have a positive impact on aging. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of blueberries build a protective layer around the brain to fight the signs of aging and deterioration.