With February being celebrated as Heart Health Month, lets tell you more about the benefits of blueberries for heart health. Blueberries are widely recommended as part of a heart-healthy diet, but do you know why?
Exceptionally rich in antioxidants, blueberries have been studied for protection against many conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.
This, plus their manganese and fiber, makes them a food known for preventing cancer. The compounds in blueberries help widen arteries to encourage blood flow. Blueberries don’t contain any saturated fat, and their high fiber content helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Their anti-inflammatory properties also increase circulation and cell metabolism.
Roger Horak, co-founder and Global CEO of OZblu blueberries, a producer of new blueberry varieties in the Southern Hemisphere, says that blueberries’ superfood attributes have definitely played a role in their ever-growing popularity among busy nine-to-fivers, on-the-go moms and time-bound students.
“Unlike many other superfoods, blueberries are both versatile and convenient – serving as either the perfect stand-alone snack or sweet addition to almost any healthy meal or smoothie – as they are naturally packed with juicy flavours and nutrients.”
And there’s no need to ration when it comes to blueberries, adds Horak. “On average, consumers should be eating two to three servings of fruit a day, which means that one could essentially get away with eating three punnets of blueberries a day if the heart desires – it’s definitely not bad for you.”
A recent study in a journal suggests that sprinkling just a few more blueberries in your yogurt or blending strawberries into your morning smoothie may help reduce heart attack risk.
Blueberries are healthy, cheap and widely available. Therefore, they’ve been linked to a reduction in heart disease.