Eight Wonders of Blueberries
The benefits of blueberries keeps growing as we become more aware through studies and research of their many healthy contributions to our well being. In addition to their tastiness they are also very versatile. You can pick your own blueberries seasonally at Outback Farm in Pryor, OK and even out of season they are available frozen. Did you know the frozen blueberries conserve a lot of their nutritional goodness. Read on to get of glimpse of the health value of blueberries and keep in mind this list grows daily.
1. BLOOD SUGAR STABILIZATION - For those of you who might think blueberries, being a fruit and all, are questionable for those with diabetes...rest assured the opposite is true. Blueberries can help people with diabetes control their blood sugar levels. A component of blueberries seems to stimulate the production of insulin which then make blood glucose easier to handle.
2. NERVE PROTECTION - The process of oxidation causes damage to all kinds of cells, and nerve cells are no exception. Given the sensitivity of nerve cells, this sort of damage can cause a host of problems when it effects the cells of the nervous system including reduced mobility and cognition. Fortunately the neuroprotective effects of blueberries don't just shield the brain. They can also protect the nerve cells themselves, which increases their overall lifespan.
3. PROTECTION FROM HEAVY METALS - One thing you probably don't think about is the accumulation of heavy metals in your body's tissue. Unfortunately, some of our industrial applications, such as the burning of fossil fuels, create pollution in the form of metals that are fine enough for us to inhale. Cadmium is one of these metals, and in high enough doses, it can be toxic. However, believe it or not, blueberries seem to have some effect against this buildup. A study revealed that the anthocyanin found in blueberries can bond with cadmium, making it less dangerous to surrounding tissue.
4. BETTER DIGESTION - Because of the antioxidant properties of blueberries, cells in other areas of the body can perhaps receive a little more protections from carcinogenic sources. This means that blueberries can help combat inflammation and cancer in the digestive tract, which breaks down the food we eat, as well as related organs. Additionally, blueberries like several other fruits, provide a little bit of fiber to the body, which can help improve the digestive process by bulking up the stool.
5. REDUCED DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER'S RISK - As mentioned earlier, blueberries can contribute to mental health. This is good news for those at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or dementia, given that these conditions have no cure. However, there are ways to delay and mitigate such illnesses, and it's called anthocyanin. This flavonoid has antioxidant properties which means it protects the cells from damage. Specifically, the anthocyanin content of blueberries helps to preserve brain cells, which ultimately results in the brain staying stronger for longer.
6. HEART HEALTH - Blueberries may also play a role in heart health, given that they are suspected to improve blood pressure. This is in part due to their modest potassium content, which contributes to more elastic blood vessels. In general blueberries are thought to reduce blood pressure by restoring elasticity to blood vessels, so the heart has an easier time moving blood through the circulatory system. Based on one study of pregnant women with high blood pressure, there is a theory that additional nitric oxide production plays a role in the reduction of blood pressure.
7. VISION PROTECTION - Blueberries are also beneficial in the sense that they contribute to eye health. While they do not have large amounts of vitamin A like you'd expect from a vision boosting food, they do have other nutritional offerings that have similar effects. Specifically, the compound pterostilbene protects the eyes' corneal cells from the damage brought on by inflammation. Inflammation, when left unchecked can interfere with cells and increase the likelihood of serious ailments such as cancer. However, pterostilbene prevents oxidative damage and keep the eyes healthier longer.
8. IMPROVED MEMORY AND MOTOR FUNCTION - Blueberries have been found to have a positive effect on both memory and motor function, particularly for older adults. Specifically a study was conducted over twelve weeks on seniors over the age of 75. They consumed blueberries daily and were compared to a control group who did not consume blueberries. At the end of the experiment, those who consumed blueberries regularly were able to outperform those who had not in both cognitive and motor function tests. This suggests that those at higher risk for dementia should consider making blueberries a regular part of their diet.
So, if you are concerned about your health and you've become aware that blueberries are something of a superfood, rich in antioxidants and a topic of rigorous study by scientists interested in determining all of the benefits they hold, you probably want to consider adding them to your daily diet. If you are unfamiliar with blueberries or not a fan you may want to rethink that notion because they provide several positive benefits protecting the body against disease and help to mitigate existing illness. Blueberries fresh or frozen are at the top of any healthy food list.
by Jermane Cooper 12/9/2020
Blueberries are one of the most common of berries and that is mainly due to the ease with which they are grown. Blueberries are known to have compounds that improve decision making power, comprehension and also improve memory and reasoning abilities. Blueberries are one of the best plants to grow and berries to eat for your brain.
Different blueberry varieties offer something to everyone. Do you have a favorite? or do they all taste great?
Variety: Duke, early season
first blueberry of the season at Outback Farm; generous crop just keeps on giving more blueberries; generally considered one of the best early season cultivars; large berry with good flavor; awesome chilled
Variety: Rebel, early season
offers a large berry with a mild flavor, bush has a spread to it which makes for easy picking; this fruit follows shortly after the Dukes are ready
Variety: Bluejay, early to mid season
definitely the chefs pick; high quality fruit, slightly tart, great for cooking and baking and creative connoisseur-ing
Variety: Bluecrop, mid season
most widely planted mid season cultivar in the world, a medium berry with the perfect hint of tart; tasty snacking, great in smoothies too
Variety: Ruebel, mid season
a true wild old fashioned blueberry small to medium in size and robust flavor; not a lot of these in our plantings but when you find you will not be disappointed
Variety: Toro, mid season
tight clusters of berries make this a bit more challenging to pick but definitely worth the effort; this blueberry is on the large side and has good flavor and is juicy too
Variety: Bluegold, mid season
a low growing and very hardy variety of blueberry; fruit is medium size with good flavor and firmness; this might be a family favorite
Variety: Titan, late season
some are saying this new variety is the giant of the blueberry patch; may be a challenge of size with the chandler; nice sweet flavor
Variety: Vernon, late season
large blueberry, firm, mild flavor; makes a good sampler in the field when you are picking your blueberries to take home
Variety: Elliott, very late season
this one is the grand finale' and worth every bit of the wait; this can be a tart berry because it has a tendency to turn blue before it is actually ripe; long shelf life; great in the cooks kitchen
Variety: Pink Lemonade, late season
here you go, the first ever pink blueberry; just as tasty and nutrient rich as their blue cousins; will develop into deep pink fruit toward seasons end; medium size fruit with sweet, pleasant flavor, high sugar content
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