By Inmay MacNeil, MS, RD, LDN
Reliant Nutrition Team, Bariatric Case Manager
Known as a superfood, blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients. However, there’s many more reasons to enjoy them each day:
- Rich in antioxidants. Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all the fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help shield your body’s cells from oxidative stress that can lead to disease.
- Full of vitamins and minerals. Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C which boosts your immune system and vitamin K which is crucial in making proteins needed for strong bones and blood clotting.
- Help reduce blood pressure. Blueberries can help people reduce their blood pressure by allowing the body to produce more nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels.
- Can benefit an aging brain. 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.
- Good for your heart. The antioxidants in blueberries can help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in your blood. Oxidized LDL cholesterol is a known danger for heart disease.