Berries in general are super foods (acai berries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, you name it!), but one ‘berry’ in particular is honored this month. Blueberries! Not due to a personal preference we may or may not have, but it’s National Blueberry Month. It seems rather odd that a fruit would have its own month (I mean, you don’t see me in all of my greatness having a month designated to me…and all my great greatness…but hey, no hard feelings…), but considering that it has the ability to prevent and even cure many diseases to a great extent, I suppose it can have its own month…
Other than wishing all of our devoted readers a Happy National Blueberry Month, we would like to educate you on 5 top benefits of consuming blueberries on a regular basis and grace you with a healthy blueberry smoothie to keep you cool during the summer months.
Benefit 1: Blueberries have been reported to improve brain function and delay the development of cognitive issues commonly associated with aging such as Alzheimer’s.
Benefit 2: They are known to prevent and inhibit the cell growth of breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, and small intestine cancer. The combination of pterostilbene, ellagic acid, anthocyanin, vitamin C, and copper found in the berry aid in, first, the reduction of cell proliferation, then lastly incite apoptosis.
Benefit 3: It reduces belly fat, but when combined into a low fat diet, it can lead to a low body weight, low total fat mass, reduced triglycerides and cholesterol, and reduced liver mass (which is associated with obesity and insulin resistance).
Benefit 4: It’s a natural anti-depressant!
Benefit 5: If you have constipation or need an aid in digestion, blueberries are your man…or woman…
Now, we’re not saying that chewing one blueberry will cure every sickness you have ever had or are bound to have, it has to be a part of your daily consumption (at least a large handful a day should do the trick).
You’ve probably been waiting for that smoothie recipe, haven’t you? Yup, so have I…just…waiting…
Here it is! (You probably didn’t even read that section, did you?)
1 cup of ice (5 or 6 cubes)
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
4 oz.pomegranate juice
- Blend the ice and juice first (this is the time you can add your protein powder if you have any).
- Add the berries and yogurt.
Since you weren’t wished a Happy National Blueberries Month earlier, we would like to wish you one now (and stay healthy!).