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7 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating More Blueberries

Eat more organic blueberries starting today so you can improve your heart health, prevent cancer, and slow down brain aging.

Aside from being abundant in antioxidants, blueberries, dubbed the “king of antioxidant fruits,” offers a wide range of health benefits.

In fact, several studies have proven that simply eating less than one cup of these berries every day can help lower your risk of developing cancer and heart disease. Blueberries can even help slow brain aging.

The 7 benefits of eating blueberries

1. Blueberries can boost insulin sensitivity

Data from a study in The Journal of Nutrition determined that blueberries contain bioactive compounds that can help improve insulin sensitivity. In the study, researchers grouped 32 “obese, non-diabetic, insulin-resistant patients” into two; one group consumed smoothies with 22.5 g of blueberry bioactives while the other had placebo, twice a week. After six weeks the group that drank the smoothies with blueberry bioactives improved their insulin sensitivity by a factor of four compared to the placebo group.

2. Blueberries can help keep the brain young

According to a study published in the Annals of Neurology, the anthocyanins in blueberries can help slow brain aging. Researchers from Harvard University measured cognitive function in 16, 010 participants aged 70 years and older in the Nurses’ Health Study. Using data from dietary questionnaires, the researchers found that consuming more blueberries can slow cognitive decline by up to 2.5 years. The berries can also slow brain aging in younger individuals, such as children aged eight to 10 years old.


3. Blueberries can lower blood pressure

In a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers gave a group of post-menopausal women with pre-hypertension (or stage one hypertension) 22 g of freeze-dried blueberry powder daily, which was equivalent to a cup of fresh blueberries. After eight weeks there was a notable decrease in the women’s systolic (5.1 percent) and diastolic (6.3 percent) blood pressure. Additionally, the blueberry powder lowered arterial stiffness on average by 6.5 percent. Arterial stiffness is a symptom of atherosclerosis, and the condition shows that a patient’s heart may have to work harder to send blood to the peripheral blood vessels.

4. Blueberries can prevent heart attacks

Based on the results of a study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia, consuming about three servings of blueberries (and strawberries) weekly can help women prevent heart attacks. For the study, researchers examined the eating habits of 93, 600 women aged 25 to 42 for a period of 18 years. The researchers determined that women who consumed at least three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week minimized their heart attack risk by at least one-third. Eating a diet that consisted of other fruits and vegetables did not give the women the same benefits as the berries.

5. Blueberries can help prevent cancer

A study in the journal Nutrition Research determined that eating blueberries daily can boost natural killer (NK) cells. NK cells are white blood cells that have a crucial role in how the immune system defends the body against foreign invaders like tumors and viruses. NK cells scan the body for abnormal cells and destroy them before they have a chance of developing into actual cancers. Another study revealed that blueberries can help prevent cancer due to their antioxidant content. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals, which are highly unstable and can cause cellular damage linked to cancer development. 


6. Blueberries can help protect the lungs

The anthocyanins in blueberries can also protect our lungs as we age. Based on data from a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men who consumed two or more servings of blueberries per week had at least a 37.9 percent less decline in lung function unlike those who ate a smaller amount or none at all.

7. Wild blueberries can boost heart health

Results from a Florida State University study showed that a daily serving of blueberries can help lower the risk of developing heart disease in women. A separate study found that consuming less than one cup of wild blueberries can improve how your vascular system circulates blood. If blood flows easier in your arteries and veins, the less stress there is on your heart.

Eat more organic blueberries starting today so you can improve your heart health, prevent cancer, and slow down brain aging.

Fast facts on blueberries

  • Blueberries (Vaccinium ssp.) are close cousins to bilberries, cranberries, and huckleberries.
  • Initially endemic to North America, blueberries are now grown commercially in the U. S. and in Europe.
  • Low in calories, blueberries are a superfood, full of antioxidants, beneficial plant compounds, and several vitamins.
  • Blueberries measure at least five to 16 millimeters (mm) (0.2-0.6 inches [in]). The berries can be blue to purple in color.
  • High-bush and low-bush blueberries are the two most common varieties of blueberries.
  • Aside from polyphenols, blueberries are rich in vitamins C and K, fiber, and manganese.

Sources include:

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GreenMedInfo.com
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Mike Adams, the "Health Ranger," is an outspoken consumer health advocate, award-winning investigative journalist, internet activist and science lab director.

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Vasudevan Bhattathir
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v good informative article most of the the people are unaware of the health benefits of consuming blueberries .
very good article thank you.

Angeliki Anastasia
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Wiooowwww Sir Mike I never knew All these amazing qualities about Blueberries!!! Incredible, heart, cancer, lungs etc!!! Thank you 🙏 for your amazing advice!!! Wild Blueberry Juice!!! We take 2.2 pounds of wild blueberries with a wine glass of lukewarm water and place them in a glass container that locks on top. We place the glass jar in front of the Gracious Sun 🌞 for 40 days! When the long days are over, inside another glass jar we pour 1/3 ltr of water with 3 sticks of cinnamon!!! Guess what we also place this jar in front of the Sun for 12 hours. After all this waiting we place the blueberries inside a big gauze in order to extract only the fantastic juice! We then combine the two mixtures together and we serve with plenty of ice! Cheers!!! Thank you Sir Mike!!!🏆🏆🏆🙏🙏🙏🥇🥇🥇It certainly is a long process but we are dealing here with mythical nectar!!!

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Cory Carrillo

One of my favorite ways to eat blueberries is actually to put them in my ice water and it flavors the water and when I’m done I eat the ice cold blueberries! I do this almost on a daily basis you don’t have to put a whole bunch maybe about a quarter of a cup in between the ice in the water

Robina fazal
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Nice…article,on Blue berries good effects on health. Sir Mike Adams..💖💐They are usually not available in our area…😀yeah I do enjoy its flavour in form of Jams ..biscuits…some ready made foods items…😆😀😄Hope one day will visit you and their we will get the chance to eat fresh blue berries with you…and all….💖💐Stay blessed…

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

good message thank you

Suzan Muhialdeen
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Suzan Muhialdeen

Very good and useful article , before that i wasn’t aware about all the healthy benefits of blueberries ,thank you .

Nuha sleem
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Nuha sleem

Thank you

Margo
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My goodness! I didn’t realise Blueberries played such a vital role in our diet! I do love them, especially in Muffins. Lol. I know… that’s not the healthy way. I love berries but I don’t eat them as much as I should, but I’m going to eat more now. Guess what’s on my shopping list?! I love cherries too. Sometimes fruit upsets my tummy, probably the acidity. But I love fruit. I would love to sit down to tuck into one of those Fruit Platters! I’m Vegetarian, and fruit is usually good at this time of year. Thanks for the tip and info!! You must have saved some people’s lives today, just by introducing and drawing our attention to the healthy produce we can eat.

Ruth E Barnhart
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Ruth E Barnhart

I love berries I am growing blueberries and will buy more until my berry nice garden is full, on the right side I am growing collard greens , okra, cabbage, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes in a container up on the porch. I will buy a dehydrator to dry the berries, and freeze quite a lot of them to be used throughout the winter, I have planted two paw paw trees, I will plant 2 more, and two hazel nut trees. If we get the hot house up we will have 2 or 3 avocado trees and continue through the rest of the year.

Ginadevera
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Ginadevera

I love blueberries eversince. I usually use them when I make muffin.😘😘😘😘😘

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Love blue berries and blackberries. I try to eat one or the other daily to maintain healthy immune system since I’m a senior citizen!😏

Rhonda Martin
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VERY Good. Information
Thank you😁

Cheryl
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Wow I need to eat some tonite. But I have the berry mix frozen and I use it in my smoothies and my morning oatmeal

Asia abid
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Asia abid

Very informative article

Jackie Wilushewski
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I’ve always loved blueberries and heard they were full of antioxidants, but gee – these little babies are packed with so much more! Very cool info and helpful information. Thank you!

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

I LOVE THIS MESSAGE THANKS

Denise
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Denise

Great read!! 😌🌸👍🏼 We eat Berry’s very frequently …

Tiffany Newsome
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Tiffany Newsome

This a true statement! If you like them in your pancakes, then you should definitely try them in cereal or oatmeal!

IonePalmer
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They taste great too. I eat them by themselves or on cereal and many times add fresh ones to my yogurt.

Arlene F. Galan
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Arlene F. Galan

So sad we have no Blueberries in our country😟