Health Benefits of Blueberries

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Pick Your Own Blueberries at Parlee FarmsBlueberry season is upon us at Parlee Farms and it’s time to pick your own. Freshly picked blueberries are delicious, but that’s not the only reason why we love eating them – they’re good for you, too! One of the biggest reasons why this fruit is so healthy is that it is rich in antioxidants. Perfectly ripened, freshly picked berries are more likely to have all of its antioxidants intact. Here’s a look at some of the health benefits that you can enjoy when you eat our farm fresh blueberries:

Blueberries Are Nutrient Dense

Blueberries are known as being a nutrient dense food, which means that they are low in calories and high in nutritional value. They are rich in antioxidants, which includes Vitamin C and the polyphenols that give blueberries their vibrant color. Blueberries are also a good source of fiber, manganese, and Vitamin K.

Blueberries Could Lower Blood Pressure

One of the health benefits of blueberries that people experience is that they could lower your blood pressure. According to a recently published study in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, those who ate about one cup of blueberries daily improved the overall health of their blood vessels and lowered blood pressure. Finding ways to incorporate these berries into your daily diet can have some positive benefits.

Blueberries May Help Improve Memory

Another benefit of blueberries is that they could help improve overall brain function and memory. The reason they are able to do this is because of the high amounts of antioxidants. The polyphenols in blueberries serve to protect the brain from cognitive decline. Those who have already experienced these difficulties might see some improvement by consistently eating blueberries and they can also act as a preventative.

Blueberries Can Help With UTI’s

Urinary tract infections can be painful, and most of us know that we can reach for cranberries to help with them. Did you know that blueberries are just as effective, if not better than cranberries, for helping the body fight off a UTI? In fact, the two fruits have the same active substances that can help assist at combating these infections.

If you are experiencing any of these health problems, it is so important to see a doctor. However, as you can see, blueberries are nutrient dense and rich in antioxidants. Because they are packed full of nutritional goodness, they can have some great health benefits! Stop by Parlee Farms and be sure to pick your own to enhance your enjoyment of these berries!

Sources:

Harvard Health Publishing 

Science Direct

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