Everyone knows about the sweet taste of blueberries. Did you know that blueberries are very healthy? Blueberries have both Vitamins C and K. As well they have manganese and fibre.
Vitamin C according to the National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) - NIH is also known as L-Ascorbic Acid. Your body needs it to use collagen, L-carnitine and neurotransmitters. Vitamin C helps metabolize Protein and physiological antioxidants and to help regenerate other antioxidants. Studies are being done to see if it may help prevent certain cancers and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin K according to the website healthprep.com is not a specific vitamin but a category of compounds responsible for blood clotting, regulating of calcium in the blood and bone metabolism.
Vitamin K deficiency may cause heavy nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding, and gum bleeding.
Manganese according to the website Global Healing Center Health Products & Information 39% of Americans don’t get enough. Low Manganese is associated with diabetes, epilepsy and osteoporosis.
Manganese is is a mineral but is also a heavy metal. Too much is bad for your system.
Manganese is a trace mineral and is stored in your bones, kidneys and pancreas. Manganese is important for the metabolization of cholesterol, carbohydrates and protein. Combined with copper, zinc and calcium it helps with the normal bone density of the legs and spine. It helps prevent osteoporosis.
Manganese is a component of one of the many antioxidants found in blueberries.
Blueberries have the highest number of Antioxidants of most common fruits and vegetables. According to the websites healthline.com and ActiveBeat.com antioxidants (anti means against) oxidants (oxidation). Oxidative damage is found in cells, which antioxidants help to repair. The oxidation of bad cholesterol LDL is a critical step in heart disease. Antioxidants in the blueberries are linked to the reduced levels of oxidative LDL, which is very good for the heart.
In one study 2oz., of blueberries, every day over eight weeks reduced LDL oxidation significantly. In another study 2 oz., of blueberries over eight weeks reduced blood pressure 4-6%.
Antioxidants have been shown to reduce DNA damage which could protect against Cancer and ageing.
Because of all these benefits, blueberries come under the category of a superfood.
Caution blueberries can lower your blood pressure. Speak to your Dr. if you are on blood pressure medication, or on blood thinners.
There are two types of blueberries - highbush which are your domesticated or commercial types. They tend to be larger than the lowbush which are wild blueberries. Despite the fact that wild blueberries are smaller, they have 2X the antioxidants of highbush varieties. canadianwildblueberries.ca