Franks Farms | 1/11/2022
Juicy, round, and sweet, with vibrant colors to the deepest purple-black, blueberries are one of nature’s most delicious treasures. They can be eaten freshly picked or incorporated into a variety of recipes. This healthy and easy snack is low in fat, yet packed with vitamin-C and antioxidants, it’s not a surprise they’re a favorite to many!
This upcoming season, be sure to not miss out on our savory berries. Discover all these scientifically based health benefits of blueberries here: 1.Blueberries possess an impressive nutritional profile
Blueberries contain plenty of nutrients, in just one cup of these, there is: Calories: 85
Fiber: 3.6 grams (13% DV). Fiber improves gut health, lowers cholesterol, and controls blood sugar levels.
Potassium: 116 milligrams (3% DV). Potassium regulates your heartbeat, metabolize carbohydrates, and maintain proper muscle function. Vitamin K: 29 micrograms (24% DV). Vitamin K creates proteins needed for blood clotting.
Vitamin C: 4.6 milligrams (5% DV). Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. Folate: 9 micrograms (2% DV). Folate forms red blood cells, which help the body receive oxygen and release carbon dioxide.
2.Blueberries are high in antioxidants Antioxidants help minimize inflammation which, in turn, reduces damage to cells.
"Blueberries are potent in the antioxidant anthocyanin, which helps lower your risk for cancer and chronic diseases," says Nicole DeMasi, RDN, a registered dietitian-nutritionist.
3.Blueberries improve insulin sensitivity
Blueberries may help those who experience insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the pancreas produces too much insulin, and cells stop responding properly to the hormone.
"Blueberries have the ability to improve insulin sensitivity," mentions Bansari Acharya, a registered dietitian-nutritionist in Detroit, Michigan. "The anthocyanins in blueberries are what aids in improving insulin sensitivity."
4.Blueberries are a prebiotic
Prebiotics are specialized plant fibers that act like fertilizers which stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
It's important for healthy bacteria to flourish, to crowd out any harmful bacteria that enter the digestive tract. Without a sufficient amount of good bacteria, bad bacteria increases, causing inflammation that can affect your immune system," tells DeMasi.
With all these healthy benefits stated, next time you find our blueberries at the grocery store, be sure to pick them up to prepare some delicious jams, jellies, and pies, or to top on pancakes, oatmeal, or desserts! 6 science-backed benefits of blueberries, according to nutritionists Fielding & Cassetty
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