Updated: Jul 15
Did you know that by adding just 1 serving of blueberries to your weekly diet, you could be adding years to your life? The health benefits of the fruit are countless, from mental stability to weight loss and just plain all over your body goodness.
July is National Blueberry Month
Summer is a great time to incorporate tasty fresh antioxidant packed blueberries into your daily diet. They are packed with goodness for your mind and body.
According to Healthline.com, these little treats are more than just a healthy summer snack, they can also help to maintain brain function and improve memory.
1. Blueberries may affect areas of your brain that are essential for intelligence. Oxidative stress, which occurs naturally, is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body.
It can lead to cell and tissue damage accelerating your brain's aging process and negatively affecting brain function. A six-year study in over 16,000 older individuals found that blueberries and strawberries were linked to delays in mental aging by up to 2.5 years. The antioxidants in blueberries seem to benefit your brain by aiding brain function and delaying mental decline.
"Blueberries are low in calories, fat, cholesterol free, sodium free and a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and manganese. Dietary fiber may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and adds bulk to your meals, which may help you feel full faster. One cup of fresh blueberries contains 80 calories, 0 grams of cholesterol, 1.1 grams of protein, 0.49 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrate and 3.6 grams of dietary fiber (14% of daily requirements)." says Jerlyn Jones, MS MPA RDN LD CLT – The Lifestyle Dietitian
"Dietary fiber may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and adds bulk to your meals, which may help you feel full faster." Jerlyn Jones, MS MPA RDN LD CLT - The Lifestyle Dietitian
2. Blueberries are Versatile
Blueberries grow the sweetest during warm weather season, especially in the southeastern climate. Ice cream, pies, cakes, muffins, oatmeal, smoothies, salads, tea and even wine - blueberries are a nice ingredient to have on your summer drink and meal lists. You can enjoy them hot or cold in a variety of recipes.
3. Blueberries & Maca for Skin Health & Fertility
Combine blueberries with Maca and other rich nutrient foods like to experience a sustained and balanced energy boost.
According to The Maca Team, a company that cultivates and shares the herb around the world, Maca has been treasured for thousands of years because of its medicinal qualities and natural energy enhancing effects. The Maca Team says that the plant originates in the Peruvian Andes and grows at altitudes of 11,000 feet (3500 m) and above, which makes it the highest growing food crop in the world. Their popular Maca root for women can be helpful for increasing skin health, fertility, and mental clarity.
Maca is recommended to take when you have a particularly mental task to perform, so imagine the sparks flying in your mind when its combined with blueberries. It comes in several varieties and can be consumed in plant, powder or liquid form.
Check out Kitchen Aid's collection of hand mixers to combine strawberries, avocado and other nutrient rich flavors together for great meal options.
4. Blueberries are great anytime.
Make room on the table, blueberries are great anytime. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and every snack in between, there's an opportunity to try new recipes to enhance almost any taste pallet.
Try blueberry muffins or scones for breakfast, a fresh mixed green salad with almonds and blueberries for lunch, and blueberry pie with frozen vanilla yogurt topped with walnuts for desert after your favorite dinner entree. Blueberries also come in a variety of dried brands like health food bars or as stand alone snacks.The possibilities to enjoy them are endless!
5. Blueberries are a powerhouse super food containing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that help to ward off major diseases like Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer.
Some super fast and fun ways to get blueberries into your system is by drinking blueberry tea, or sprinkling berries and cinnamon onto deserts. Add blueberries to your favorite tarts or pancakes as a delicious topping with cinnamon. Cinnamon taste great and also has its own share of brain boosting power.
Visit your local farmer's market or produce section this month, there's likely to be a great selection of blueberries just waiting for your picking.
Enjoy Your Health
Live is a journey to be lived to the absolute fullest! A long life begins with faith, enjoy it with a strong healthy mind and body. Small changes to your daily diet can mean big changes for your overall well-being. It's time to do something for yourself today that your future self will be thankful for.
Valerie Winrow is an author and a women’s lifestyle writer/blogger with focused content on health, wellness, and finance. Her “Yes, I'm That Girl!” blog and "Yes, That Girl!" podcast, shares inspirational stories and anecdotes to encourage others to live a life of purpose.
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