Beautiful, Bountiful Blueberries

Beautiful, Bountiful Blueberries

July is blueberry month. Blueberries are at their peak harvest time. Now is the perfect time to enjoy antioxidant rich, tasty and beautiful blueberries.

Blueberry Lemon Muffins
Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Good things come in small packages. At just 80 calories per cup with virtually no fat, blueberries are a sweet and tangy, nutrient-packed fruit to enjoy.
Here are five reasons you should add blueberries into your diet today!

1. Get your vitamin C.
One serving of blueberries accounts for almost 25% of your daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps aid in a healthy immune system, and collagen, it also maintains capillaries and healthy gums. Some studies have shown that vitamin C may also help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, improve macular degeneration and reduce inflammation.

2. Full of fiber.
Just a handful of blueberries can satisfy your daily recommended dietary fiber needs. Fiber aids in digestiona and helps keep your body regular, keeps cholesterol in check and has heart health benefits.

3. Awesome antioxidants.
Blueberries rank the highest among fruit for their abundance of antioxidants. Polyphenols and specifically the anthocyanin in blueberries give them their great color. But they also give blueberries their abundance of antioxidants. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, also known as the unstable molecules that are linked to cancer, cardiovascular and other age-related conditions.

4. Night vision.
Blueberries can help you see better at night. That is because of their high amounts of vitamins A, C and E. They help eyes adjust to darkness, glare and sharper vision. Blueberries have also been shown to help with age-related vision problems.

5. Improve your mental health.
Blueberries help guard your brain against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress hinders the brains performance activity. Blueberries may help protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia in the elderly and boost the cognitive skills and learning capacity in children.

BONUS!

How-to Choose Blueberries.
Look for blueberries that are firm, have a bright, uniform hue and a silvery bloom (the white color on the blueberry). If you shake the container make sure the fruits are able to move freely, if they don’t it may be a sign they are soft, damaged or moldy. Blueberries should be free from moisture and not dull in color.