Blueberry Benefits and Fun Facts
Low in Fat
One cup of blueberries is only 80 calories and virtually no fat.
Blueberries are packed with vitamin C
In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.
Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber
Research has shown that most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Eating foods high in fiber will help keep you regular, your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement. What a tasty way to eliminate this worry from your day!
Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese
Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy – a perfect job for blueberries.
Blueberries contain substances that have antioxidant properties
Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically the anthocyanins that give the fruit its blue hue, are the major contributors to antioxidant activity.
Other Blueberry Benefits!
Blueberries have also been closely linked with cardiovascular health, brain health, insulin response and cancer risk reduction.
**For more information on blueberry health please visit, www.blueberrycouncil.org