Blueberries: The Super Heroes of Nutrition

Super yum. Super good-for-you. Super food.

Clearly the blueberry is the super hero of deliciousness and what’s not to love about them? They pack a punch of pure health into every bite, waging war on the no-good nasties threatening our daily health and vitality, with their immune boosting phytonutrients and powerful antioxidants. Plus, food! Unfathomable options of food! They can be consumed in so many different ways, you’ll have an abundance of fun in the kitchen using these little lads as your hero ingredient!

And the best part? The list of health benefits… guys, it’s ENDLESS!

MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN

Anthocyanins (the stuff that makes blueberries purple) increase neuronal signaling in brain centers, so regular consumption of these yummies can improve your memory and help you avoid those senior moments.

I CAN-CER VIVE

Now this one’s a biggy. Blueberries contain a vitamin packed punch LOADED with cancer fighting properties that enhance the body’s ability to defend itself against cancer cells. Pterostilbene is another potent antioxidant found in the boys in blue, which studies have shown help protect against colon cancer actually having the ability to suppress colon tumor growth as well as key inflammatory markers.

FIGHT THE FLAB

No food source has the ability to boost your metabolism – if only it were so easy. However, studies have shown that munching on bluebs affects genes linked to fat burning and storing! Those who included blueberries in a healthy balanced diet have less abdominal fat, lower triglycerides (blood fats) and lower cholesterol. So although blueberries can’t MAKE you lose weight, they definitely give many other foods a run for their money!

ALL THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH

Claims were made during WWII by British Air Force Pilots that eating bilberry jam before night missions helped them to see in the dark, improving their vision so much that they were able to complete their missions with greater accuracy – WOOAAH NELLY! These reports spurred scientists on to discover the truth which is that bluebs do have a substantial impact on eyesight! They improve night vision, reaction to darkness and adjustment following exposure. But that’s not even the best part – they help improve age related vision loss like macular degenerations, cataracts and glaucoma.

These are just a few of the amazing reasons to crank the heat in the kitchen and throw some anthocyanin clad cowboys into you daily meals for that extra boost in health and taste. But, word to the wise, the best way to eat these blue bombshells is by the handful!

FACT.

Here’s a super healthy and super delicious blueberry breakfast worth getting up for!

GRAIN-FREE PALEO BLUEBERRY PANCAKES (WITH MAPLE BLUEBERRY COMPOTE)

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