(NaturalNews) Despite a recent study showing that most people prefer eating blueberries more for their delicious taste than for their health benefits, the fact remains that, regardless of the reason behind the consumption, they're a fruit well worth enjoying. (1)
In the study, conducted by researchers at the University of Florida, over 600 people were asked questions about blueberry traits involving taste, texture and nutrition. (1) It was found that 61 percent of those who eat blueberries do so for their flavor, while 39 percent do because they feel that the fruit contains antioxidants and is good for health.
Either way, people are eating them, and that's great for health.
So popular are blueberries that they come in just second to strawberries when it comes to U.S. berry consumption. (2)
Health benefits of blueberries
Full of antioxidants, blueberries provide a host of health benefits that help improve overall well-being. Several studies have linked blueberry consumption to everything from reduced cardiovascular risks and longevity to helping with weight loss and improving vision.
Helps with Weight Loss
Blueberries are low in calories -- a 1/2 cup has approximately 40 calories -- and are a also good source of insoluble fiber which aids the digestive process and fosters proper elimination of waste. (3)
Studies have shown that, when it comes to age-related memory decline, people who drank juice made from blueberries experienced an improvement in their cognitive function. (2) Their ability to protect nerve cells and keep them from oxygen damage is cited as the reason behind these results. They have also been shown to play a role in healing damaged brain tissues and improve motor skills in the aging population.
Boosts Heart Health
Blueberries' fiber content, antioxidant levels and bad-cholesterol-dissolving abilities make them a superstar when it comes to aiding heart health. (3) All three elements work together to help strengthen the heart and ensure optimal functioning.
There has been some research linking blueberries with retinal improvements, suggesting that they can help keep the eye from facing oxidative stresses that can put vision at risk. (2)
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