Well they say all good things comes in tiny packages and blueberries might be the primary example of that. This itsy-bitsy summer fruit is packed with slew of health benefits, it provides us with guilt-free ways to stay healthy, and flaunt a tiny waist if you crave one. Numerous studies link these summer treasures with a slew of health benefits. Have them fresh or freeze dried, both contains immense healthy benefits.
According to a new research published by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating a cup of blueberries a day decreases risk of heart disease by up to 15%, even among those already at risk. The findings, published in the journal, suggest that blueberries and other berries should be included in diets to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The effect is thought to be due to the high level of phytochemicals naturally occurring antioxidants that blueberries contain.
For the study, the researchers investigated the effects of eating blueberries daily in 138 overweight and obese people, (aged between 50 and 75), and having metabolic syndrome. "We found that eating one cup of blueberries per day resulted in sustained improvements in vascular function and arterial stiffness - making enough of a difference to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 12 and 15 per cent," said Peter Curtis, co-author of the study.
Low in fat, coming in at about 80 calories per cup and practically fat-free blueberries are loaded with fiber to keep you feel fuller longer. They are potent sources of antioxidants, are belly fat fighters, improved blood sugar and lower cholesterol. Just a handful can satisfy your daily fiber requirement plus, these tiny powerhouse berries are an excellent way.