Four Health Benefits Of Eating Blueberries:
When I started my plant-based restaurant, my ten-year-old son was just a baby. As our youngest official taste tester, he was introduced very early to kale, spinach, beets, blueberries and apples. And to this day, he LOVES them all!
So I wasn’t surprised last week when, as soon as we discovered blueberries growing on a mountainside, he was down on his hands and knees collecting a couple small handfuls.
His efforts caught the eye of another random hiker, an Alaskan, who appeared to be in her 50s. She asked to join his hunt and for the next quarter of an hour, he led her along the hillside uncovering the delicious berries.
They probably weren’t thinking about the health aspects of their efforts, but studies show that my son and his new berry friend both benefited from the slopeside excursion. Powerful evidence supports the idea that blueberries may help people of all ages – and in four different ways:
- Blueberries are brain empowering! See my post on Blueberry Brainiacs.
Blueberries lower blood pressure. A study of post-menopausal women with pre- and stage-one hypertension reported “… a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure after 8-week daily blueberry consumption.”
- Blueberries lower inflammation. NutritionFacts reports that “A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial found that blueberry smoothies could turn off inflammation genes.”
Blueberries help relieve osteoarthritis. Texas Woman’s University researchers found in a double-blind randomized trial of women aged 45 to 79 “… that daily incorporation of whole blueberries may reduce pain, stiffness, and difficulty to perform daily activities, while improving gait performance, and would therefore improve quality of life in individuals with symptomatic knee OA.”
Reading through all these studies has made me hungry for one of my favorite Fruitive Liquid Meals, Blueberry Peanut Butter Blend. Or, as we call it, “F.I.T” (for “Fruitive Intensive Trainer”).
Yum! I know where I’m taking my ten-year-old for a date when we’re back on the east coast!