According to recent investigations of more than 40 different types of fruits and vegetables, blueberries came out as the number one super food in their antioxidant activity and power.
Blueberries contain antioxidants that are often referred to as vitamin C and E. These antioxidants mainly benefit our health, and believed to be derived from anthocyanosides, which are found in the natural blue pigment of the blueberries and act as powerful antioxidants.
Many studies have been performed as to the anti-aging affects provided by blueberries, in particular with mental performance. North American neuroscientists have discovered that consuming blueberries regularly is directly related to decreasing loss of mental capacity as we age.
Various parts of the investigation was searching for proof that blueberries could play an important role in preventing Alzheimer and the results found are very promising. Blueberries just don’t have an anti-aging affect on our body and mind. But also thanks to their high-quantity of antioxidants, research has proven that they can also keep our heart healthy.
Blueberries can help to reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL) from forming high levels in the blood, which is one of the main factors for cardiovascular diseases. These findings have recently been confirmed by another investigation performed by the University of Mississippi, USA. They discovered that blueberries could reduce harmful levels of cholesterol more efficiently than prescription drugs used in reducing cholesterol, and without any of the unpleasant side effects.
Nutritional value of blueberries
Blueberries, as most fruits and vegetables, are low in fat and calories, plus they are very high in dietary fiber. These factors make blueberries a great addition to any healthy diet for weight loss. A portion of 80grs about 2 to 4 full handfuls of blueberries only has 46 calories and 0.3 grams of fat.