Don’t let their miniature size fool you – blueberries are proof that, when it comes to health benefits, good things really do come in small packages. Especially in small, blue ones!

The health benefits of blueberries are even bigger than you might know. They’re low in fat, have just 80 calories per cup, and scientific studies show that blueberries contain a category of phytonutrients called polyphenols.  This group includes anthocyanins which give blueberries their blue color. Research suggests that polyphenols have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can play an important role in helping to lessen the inflammatory process associated with chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and age-related cognitive decline.1, 2, 3

Blueberries are high in Vitamin C, which promotes a healthy immune system, and manganese, which plays an important role in bone development. They’re also a good source of dietary fiber, which contributes to heart health, helping to keep cholesterol in check.

Plus, one easy way to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet is to fill your plate with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables … and blueberries provide that perfect shade of blue!

For more details on the health benefits of blueberries, check out our blueberry nutrition infographic and  Alison Sweeney’s health tips.  Visit our scientific research library for an in-depth look at blueberry health benefits.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Prior RL, Cao G, Martin A, Sofic E, McEwen J, O’Brien, C, Lischner N, Ehlenfeldt M, Kalt W, Krewer G, Mainland CM. Antioxidant capacity as influenced by total phenolic and anthocyanin content, maturity, and variety of Vaccinium species. J Agric Food Chem. 1998; 46 (7) :2686-93.
  2. Wu X, Schauss AG. Mitigation of inflammation with foods. J Agric Food Chem. 2012; 60 (27):6703-17.
  3. USDA/Agricultural Research Service. How Plants Protect Us From Disease. Available at: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/apr09/plants0409.htm. Accessed October 31, 2012.

 

 

 

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