It’s National Blueberry Month ya’ll!
Blueberries are one of the very few fruit species that are native to North America and have a colorful history dating all the way back to pre-colonial times.
There are different species of blueberries, they are known by many names including cowberry, bilberry, farkleberry and sparkleberry.
Oddly enough, blueberries are often mistaken as huckleberries!
Blueberries are easily preserved by freezing, canning or drying. They can be juices, jammed, or preserved.
Did you know…
Maine is the production capital of North America for blueberries. They produce almost 100% of all berries harvested in the country!
Frozen blueberries are just as nutritious as fresh ones, even if they are six months old!
Organic blueberries are significantly higher in phenol antioxidants and total anthocyanin antioxidants.
They are naturally low in fat and sodium. Making them the perfect weight-loss snack!
So what are some of the health benefits?
They improve memory. Adults who are fed blueberries daily for 12 weeks performed better on two different cognitive function tests, one of which included memory.
Eye protection. See it to believe it! They have been proven to protect the retina from sunlight and oxygen damage.
Heart healthy. They have been proven to significantly lower your risk of heart disease and prove blood flow.
Smart stuff. Blueberries improve your memory and mental fluidity. They can protect against brain cell loss.
Digestion. Their antioxidants can protect the digestive track by combatting free radicals.
Barrier against cadmium. Acing as a wall for toxic heavy metals entering your cells.
Blood sugar. You’re sweet enough, so let them regulate your blood sugar!
Nervous system. Their antioxidants provide nerve cells with protection from oxygen damage.
How can I eat them?
This July, enjoy natures candy, BLUEBERRIES!
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