Blueberries get their blue color from a flavonoid known as anthocyanins. Fruits and vegetables such as cranberries, eggplants and red cabbage are also beneficiaries of this water soluble pigment changer. Outside of providing nature with another hue of the rainbow, blueberries also have a vast amount of health benefits. Blueberries are a popular summertime favorite and rightfully so!
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Blueberries strengthen your bones and help maintain structure. Blueberries are rich with calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, phosphorous and vitamin K. Our bone elasticity and strength are maintained by iron and zinc. Blueberries help ward off bone fracture due to their high vitamin K content. Low levels of vitamin K and bone fracture are correlated.
Keeps Blood Pressure in Check
High blood pressure is more severe in Black people. Diets rich in sodium doesn’t help our genetic predisposition at all. Blueberries contain magnesium, potassium and calcium – minerals that have been proven to decrease blood pressure.
Blueberries are rich in fiber, a necessary ingredient for lowering blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetics who consumed blueberries also showed healthy blood sugar, lipid and insulin levels. Studies have shown that eating 3 servings of blueberries per week reduced participants’ risk of type 2 diabetes by 7%.
Good for the Heart
Heart disease, like diabetes, affects Black people disproportionately. Where do we start with the benefits of blueberries with this one? First, the high fiber content in blueberries lowers the total amount of cholesterol in the blood. Minerals like potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content all contribute to optimum heart health.