Health Areas Where Blueberries May Play A Role
Researchers are currently pursuing four tracks to better understand the role that blueberries may play in promoting good health.
– Insulin Response
– Brain Health
– Cardiovascular Health
– Cancer Risk Reduction
Plump, juicy, and sweet, with vibrant colors ranging from deep purple-blue to blue-black and highlighted by a silvery sheen called “bloom”, blueberries are one of nature’s greatest treasures. Though miniature in size, blueberries are proof that big health benefits can come in small packages.
Low In Fat
A once cup serving of blueberries is only 80 calories with virtually no fat.
Full of Dietary Fiber
A handful helps satisfy the daily fiber intake. Fiber helps keep the body regular, the heart healthy and cholesterol in check.
An Excellent Source of Manganese
Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting proteins, carbohydrates, and fats into energy.
Packed With Vitamin C
One serving delivers 25% of one’s daily requirement of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is crucial to the formation of collagen, the most plentiful protein in our body. Collagen is fundamental to heart and blood vessel health as well as that of all organs.
Full of Phytonutreients
Research suggests that the phytonuetrients in blueberries called polyphenols, have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Theses properties may help lessen the inflammatory properties associated with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other age related health issues.
*This information has been transcribed with some modification from a new brochure that is a collaboration between the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council and the North Carolina Blueberry Council.
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