We’ve all enjoyed the occasional blueberry muffin or pancake, but typically blueberries may not be the first fruit that comes to mind when thinking of health benefits. What you may not know about blueberries is just how amazing they are for your health (and they taste good!). That’s why blueberries are one our favorite products here at Muzzarelli Farms. Blueberries, among other fruits and vegetables, contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are important for your health because they prevent/delay cell damage caused by numerous environmental factors that we’re exposed to daily. To learn more about this delicious health hero, just continue reading!
1. Cancer prevention just got sweeter, because the compounds found in blueberries, among other dark berries, help prevent cancer, especially cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, and lungs. According to an article on Aicr.org, “berries contain two particularly active classes of compounds that may make them tough anti-cancer contenders: anthocyanins, flavonoids that give berries their dark color, and ellagitannins, the source of the polyphenol ellagic acid.” Definitely a reason start eating more blueberry muffins, right?
2. In addition to warding off disease, blueberries can also help with weight loss. Because blueberries have such high fiber content, which functions as a “bulking agent” in the digestive system, blueberries can aid in weight loss and management. The high fiber content reduces appetite and makes you feel fuller, longer. If you’re seeking to lose weight, add blueberries to oatmeal or a fruit smoothie!
3. Remember when we said blueberries have antioxidants that delay cell damage? That holds true with wrinkles as well. That’s right, blueberries also help fight wrinkles. Since blueberries are high in Vitamin C and collagen which is the skin’s support system – relies on Vitamin C, 1 cup of blueberries can provide 24% of your daily need for vitamin C, smoothing wrinkles and improving overall skin texture. That should make you berry happy!
If you’re looking for a health hero, visit us at Muzzarelli Farms to pick up your fresh blueberries! We are open Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm, and we can’t wait to meet you!