are so delicious that I doubt that I really need to give you any actual
reasons to eat them. Unfortunately, I don’t think my editor would
accept an article that ends there, so we’re going to take a look at some
of the impressive health benefits that blueberries actually have.
Seriously though, they’re so tasty and unbelievably good for you that
I’ve become one of those hateful people who brags about growing her own.
Find out why.
1. Eye Health
high vitamin A content is one of the many benefits that blueberries
have for your health. It’s particularly helpful for your eyesight and
has been known to prevent vision loss in old age. Another fun fact is
that some pilots during WWII apparently used blueberries in order to
improve their night vision. In case you were
wondering, they ate them, as opposed to squeezing them into their eyes.
2. Heart Health
are given their color by anthocyanins—a flavonoid that counters the
build up of plaque and improves cardiovascular
health. I have even better news for my fellow ladies. Studies have shown
that blueberries (and strawberries for that matter) may be particularly
beneficial to the heart health of women. Sorry, gents.
3. Cancer Prevention
aforementioned anthocyanins apparently enjoy multitasking because
they’re also helpful for cancer prevention. This, along with the
antioxidants within blueberries, help to stop the growth of cancerous
cells. Once again, they also seem to favor us
ladies. In fact, inhibition chances in women can be as high as 50%. As
such, blueberries should have a particular and purposeful place in your
4. Bladder Health
women would know that cranberries are renowned for helping to alleviate
UTIs, however, blueberries work just as well. This is because they
contain the same substances and compounds that prevent bacteria from
sticking to the wall of your bladder. Furthermore, blueberries are rich
in antioxidants, which
help to reduce the symptoms of UTIs. That’s right folks, no more sitting
on the toilet for an hour at a time because you can’t be bothered to
keep running to it every five minutes.
5. Brain and Memory Function
Yep, blueberries literally are ‘brain food.’
have shown that blueberries can be immensely beneficial to maintaining
healthy brain and memory function, particularly in older adults. In
fact, research conducted at the University of Cincinnati showed that
older people who were given blueberry juice performed better in memory
tests than those who were fed placebos.
Blueberries also help to prevent inflammation that’s linked to age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
are high in fiber, which is needed for proper digestion. Because I’m
classy, I should also point out that this means that it can assist with
constipation. If that wasn’t enough for you, the copper, sodium and
fructose also help aid your digestion.
7. Weight Loss
Blueberries are great for weight loss, and not only because they’re clearly not a chocolate bar.
(Side note: dark chocolate and blueberries actually taste amazing together.)
has shown that those with a blueberry-rich diet tend to have less
abdominal fat than those that forgo it. In addition, the fruit contains
carbohydrates, which we know help to keep you
feeling full and satisfied for longer. As such, you don’t feel the urge
8. Skin Care and Anti-Aging
are once again coming to the rescue on this one. They neutralize free
radicals and therefore prevent cells from being damaged and unable to
repair themselves. This means that your skin is going to look younger
and healthier without the help of Photoshop!
9. Immune System Health
contain high levels of vitamin C, which has a range of benefits,
including keeping your immune system healthy. In fact, one serving of
the fruit contains roughly 25% of your daily requirements of the
10. Hair Care
of the other benefits of vitamin C is the pretty, pretty hair it gives
you. Who doesn’t love a mixture of health and vanity? The vitamin
stimulates the production of sebum follicles, which then works as a
natural conditioner. Like antioxidants, the vitamin C in blueberries
will also help to prevent hair loss by fighting free radicals in your