It’s National Blueberry Month
This delicious berry is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. They can be eaten frozen or fresh. They have been shown to protect against heart disease and cancer, and can also help maintain bone strength, mental health, and healthful blood pressure.
Some other benefits of blueberries include:
1) Maintaining healthy bones
Blueberries contain iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. These are all vitamins and minerals that are found in bones. Getting a healthy dosage of all of these nutrients can contribute to healthy bone structure and strength.
2) Skin health
Collagen is a protein found in skin and other connective tissues. Collagen also relies on Vitamin C because it helps prevent skin damage caused by the sun, pollution, and smoke. Vitamin C may also improve collagen's ability to smooth wrinkles and enhance overall skin texture.
One cup of blueberries provides 24 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
3) Lowering blood pressure
Maintaining low sodium levels is essential to keeping blood pressure at a healthful level. Blueberries are free of sodium.
They contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Some studies have shown that diets low in these minerals are associated with higher blood pressure. Adequate dietary intake of these minerals is thought to help reduce blood pressure.
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