July is coming to a close, which means that now would be a good time to promote National Blueberry Month. We wouldn’t want to miss this important recognition!
You may be wondering why it is important to recognized blueberries. After all, it is just a fruit, right? Wrong. The health benefits of blueberries make these small berries much more than “just a fruit.” This week, our agency would like to take a moment to recognize and share a few of these benefits with you. Here are the facts:
• Blueberries are the most powerful antioxidant in the world of fruit.
• Blueberries have been linked to boosting the immune system.
• Blueberries have been known to help prevent infections in the body—and especially in the urinary tract.
• Blueberries are great anti-depressants.
• The high fiber content in blueberries have been known to help dissolve bad cholesterol in the blood stream, aiding in the reduction of heart disease risk.
• Blueberries may help reduce the risk of cancer, as well. This is due to anthocyanins—proved to attack cancer-causing free radicals.
• Blueberries have been linked to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This is due to the number of vitamins (selenium, vitamins A, B-complex, C, E,) zinc, manganese and more.
Now that you are aware of the facts, it is time to add this super fruit to your diet. July is actually the peak season for blueberries, so head on over to a supermarket or even your local farmer’s market. If you are lucky, you may have a blueberry farm close by to go pick your own berries! Whatever you choose to do, you are sure to reap the above benefits.