Why Blueberries(benefits)and Blueberry Smoothie Recipe?


Ok, we all know that blueberries are yummy. They taste great but did you know that Blueberries are considered to be a “SUPERFOOD”, and why is that?
Here are just a few reasons, i’m sure you could find plenty more if you just google “benefits of blueberries”.

Very high up there in anti-oxidants,

actually number one in the world and what the heck are Antioxidants??? :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antioxidants

Suppose to Aid in reducing Belly Fat,

actually experiments on rats was very effective, that is they know it works on rats but no real proof yet on us humans. But one thing I know for sure they are not very high in calories so I guess if you eat them, no calories= no belly fat, right??

Helps promote urinary tract health:

Blueberries have a compound formed of big polymer like heavy molecules which inhibits the growth of bacteria. It also has some anti biotic properties which adds to this effect. These heavy and big molecules almost wash-off these bacteria along the tract, thereby preventing infection.

Preserve your vision:

Blueberries are high in compounds called anthocyanosides, which have been found in clinical studies to slow down visual loss. They can prevent or delay all age related ocular problems like macular degeneration, cataract, myopia and hypermetropia, dryness and infections, particularly those pertaining to retina, due to their anti-oxidant properties. Blue Berries contain a special group of anti oxidants called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin etc.), Flavonoids (like rutin, resveritrol, quercetin etc.), in addition to others such as vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A, selenium, zinc and phosphorus, which are very beneficial and essential for the ocular health.

If you have a diet rich in blueberries your Brain will love you:

The anthocyanin, the selenium, the vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, the zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese etc., among others, can prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells and also by restoring health of the central nervous system. It is hard to believe that these berries can also cure serious problems like Alzheimer’s disease to a great extent. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues and keep your memory sharp.

Heart Disease:

The high fiber content, those brilliant anti oxidants and the ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ make the Blue Berry an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases. It also strengthens the cardiac muscles.

Constipation & Digestion: While roughage (fiber) in Blue Berries keep away constipation (Of course, a single piece alone will not do. You need to eat a big handful of them), the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion.

Cancer:

Blueberries contain certain compounds like Pterostilbene (excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and Ellagic Acid which, in harmony with Anthocyanin and other anti oxidants like vitamin-C and copper, can do miracles to prevent and cure cancer.

Blueberries keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are very good anti depressants. You also need not spend a lot on medicines, neither are there any side effects. The deeper the color of the Blueberries, the more they are rich in anti oxidants and other medicinal values.

Note:

Choose blueberries that are firm and have a lively, uniform hue colored with a whitish bloom. Shake the container, noticing whether the berries have the tendency to move freely; if they do not, this may indicate that they are soft and damaged or moldy. Avoid berries that appear dull in color or are soft and watery in texture. They should be free from moisture since the presence of water will cause the berries to decay. When purchasing frozen berries, shake the bag gently to ensure that the berries move freely and are not clumped together, which may suggest that they have been thawed and refrozen.


BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE

– 2 cups almond milk (see recipe below)

– 2 bananas chopped

– 1 cup frozen blueberries

– 1 cup water

– add 2 handfuls of grapes (red, green or black) optional, makes it sweeter for kids

Mix together all ingredients in blender and add water to desired consistency.

Note:  We always add 2 tablespoons of grounded flax seeds to our smoothies for the omega-3.

Here is a great book for recipes with Blueberries

 


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