It’s not often that I come across a specific food in which all of my health gurus are in consensus that this said food has tremendous health value. Usually, there’s a conflict because of either sugar content, mold exposure, weight gain, etc.

Not with the food I’m talking about in this article. In fact, if you could simply have 1 cup of this every single day, you would transform your health for the better. Are you excited about what I have to share?

What I’m talking about is blueberries! They are small and densely packed with a variety of potent phytochemicals that can do wonders to support your health. Blueberries are easily one of the best berries on the planet, absolutely loaded with antioxidants.

Here are 4 reasons why you should be eating blueberries every day, and how to shop for them.

Reason Number One: Berries For The Brain

Would you like to remember peoples names, and eliminate brain fog?

While ketones provide your brain cells with effective fuel and are neuroprotective, they aren’t the only nutrient that may help reduce oxidative stress in your brain. This is why I advocate a high fat diet with a cup of blueberries every single day.

At the 251st Meeting and Exhibition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), research was presented that supported the use of blueberries in the prevention and potential treatment of cognitive deficits associated with Alzheimer’s. [1]

Another study from researchers are the University of Cincinnati showed that drinking 2-3 glasses of blueberry juice every day for 12 weeks made a marked improvement memory. [2] Now I wouldn’t reccomend drinking 2-3 glasses of blueberry juice every day because of the sugar content, I do reccomend getting the same benefits with a blueberry extract or powder.

Reason Number Two: Reduce your risk for a heart attack and normalize your blood pressure. 

Blueberries are relatively low in sugar while being high in fiber and heart-healthy antioxidants.
The benefit is due to flavonoids in the berries known as anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that give these fruits their characteristic red and purple hues. Anthocyanins are known to benefit the endothelial lining of your circulatory system, possibly preventing plaque buildup in arteries as well as promoting healthy blood pressure.
Other research has shown these antioxidants to protect against heart disease by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, while enhancing capillary strength and inhibiting platelet formation. [3]

Reason Number Three: Blueberries are a cancer fighting army.

Evidence suggests that berries contain bioactive compounds increase natural killer (NK) cells. In fact, this study showed that six weeks daily ingestion of whole blueberry powder increased natural killer cell counts and reduces arterial stiffness in sedentary males and females. [4]
When I read studies like this I picture blueberries dressed up in combat fatigues shooting down any unhealthy cells. Every day I’m recruiting these fighters on my team by eating one cup per day. I digest, and they go to work for me!

Reason Number Four: Blueberries Boost Longevity [5]

Until recently, the majority of scientific research on blueberries has focused on the cognitive benefits of this fruit. Multiple studies have shown that blueberries slow age-related damage to brain cells and protect memory-associated brain regions from oxidant and inflammatory damage. The result is improvements in overall cognitive function.

Researchers have uncovered new data showing that blueberries delay aging and promote longevity. In laboratory experiments, blueberries and their extracts have extended the life span in two different models of aging. Additionally, blueberries have been shown to fight DNA damage, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and even cancer.

Rich in anthocyanins and pterostilbenes, blueberries are becoming a critical component of a science-based longevity program.

How to shop for blueberries

When buying blueberries, go with the wild and organic variety. Here’s a bonus tip: frozen blueberries are also great and there’s actually interesting research [6] suggesting that the ice crystals in frozen blueberries rupture cell walls and make the anthocyanins [7] more bioavailable.

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References & Resources:

[1] http://www.newhope.com/ingredients/more-evidence-backs-berries-brain

[2] http://www.ergo-log.com/blueberryjuicememory.html

[3] https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/02/blueberries-help-lower-blood-pressure.aspx

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25150116

[5] http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2012/7/blueberries-boost-longevity/page-01

[6] http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/frozen-blueberries-better-you-fresh

[7] https://www.marksdailyapple.com/25-ways-to-improve-your-insulin-sensitivity/

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