Blueberries & Health Research

 

Blood Pressure

At least one serving of blueberries per week can reduce the risk of high blood pressure which can lead to strokes and heart disease. The compounds found in blueberries that positively affect blood pressure are called anthocyanins.

 

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A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that polyphenols, the compounds in blueberries that provide their rich blue colouring, may help with bone growth and strength.

 

Brain Health

Regular consumption of blueberries may slow mental decline in older adults. This information comes from a recent study where memory and cognitive thinking were shown to improve in those who ate one to two servings a week.

 

Breast Cancer

Eating blueberries was shown to inhibit the growth and spread of breast cancer in a study published by The Journal of Nutrition. The flavonoids and proanthocyanids in blueberries may be able to fight free radicals due to their antioxidant properties.

 

Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol health can be significantly improved through the intake of the fibre and natural compounds found in blueberries. A recent study showed how these properties can positively affect the liver genes that produce and dispose cholesterol when consumed through blueberries.

 

Colon Cancer

Blueberries may be able to prevent colon cancer. Their high antioxidant content, in particular a substance called pterostilbene, and their high fibre content has been shown to help the body fight this form of cancer.

 

Diabetes

Eating blueberries, which are high in flavonoids, may lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. A study showed that the flavonoids called anthocyanins that are found in blueberries can be highly beneficial against this form of diabetes.

 

Muscle Recovery

The swelling and stress that excessive exercise causes on the body can be recuperated swiftly through the consumption of blueberries. This simple dietary addition of blueberries eaten before and after your work-out is quite beneficial according to a recent study published in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

 

Parkinson's Disease

A recent study showed that flavonoids in blueberries may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease. The participants in the study who showed these positive results were consuming one or more servings of blueberries per week.

 

Weight Loss

The compound found in blueberries called piceatannol has been shown to act as an anti-obesity mechanism. A study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry observed piceatannol's potential to prevent the growth and maturity of fat cells.