Blueberries, health facts and benefits

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Blueberries rank only second to strawberries in terms of popularity in the berries fruit consumption. Because it is less popular, less people are aware of the amazing health benefits they could derive from eating this fruit.
 

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Blueberries are perennial flowering plants native to North America where fruits grow in marble size clusters in deep colors of blue to maroon to purple black having a sweet taste when mature with variable acidity. This little fruit that we enjoy eating in cakes like the blueberry cheesecake is very rich rich in anti oxidants to boost up immune system and prevent infections. 
 
This fruit contains anti oxidants like vitamin C, Anthocyanin, vitamin A, B complex, vitamin E, iron, selenium, zinc and more. Health benefits gained from eating blueberries are as follows:
 
Helps in maintaining a radiant skin as it softens dry skin.
 
It boosts your brain, a natural way to keep your memory sharp for a long time.
 
The presence of Anthocyanin, the pigment responsible for the blue color of the blue berries and loads of vitamin C made it number one in the world of anti oxidants. It is superior in neutralizing free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body.
 
Compounds called anthocyanosides in blueberry extract according to clinical studies can preserve vision, it functions to slow down visual loss. It can also prevent age related ocular problems like eye infections, cataract, myopia, macular degeneration and other eye related problems.
 
Blueberries are beneficial in  promoting urinary tract health and can reduce risk factors for  metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease due to its ability to dissolve the bad cholesterol.

 

Because the availability of fresh blueberries in the supermarkets nearby is only seasonal, I opt to buy the bottled preserved fruit. Knowing its health advantage, there is even more great reasons to enjoy eating blueberries.
 
 

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