Blueberries are my favorite out of all the berries…and they slap with healthy benefits. At Arizona State University they would always have blueberries for breakfast, but then toward the last few months they stopped serving them and I became very sad! I’m not sure why, maybe they were out of season, or they were too expensive. Either way let’s see what they can do for you.
1. High Vitamin C and Vitamin K
Blueberries contain 24% of your daily dose of vitamin C and 36% of your daily dose of vitamin K. It’s a great way to fight diseases and help your immune system. As we know vitamin C helps absorb iron and is crucial for your immune system. Vitamin K is crucial for bone metabolism and blood clotting. When you have better blood clotting it can help you have a healthier heart and stronger cognitive function.
2. Reduce Muscle Damage after Exercise
Studies show that after muscle exercise blueberries increased muscle recovery…might as well try it!
3. High Antioxidants
Blueberries have a lot of antioxidants. And I mean a lot! These are crucial to help protect your cells and keep you from getting sick :). Of course you can still get sick if you don’t wash your hands. Keep your hands clean you filthy animals.
4. Maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory
Some studies show that blueberries can have effects in the antioxidants in your brain and can even improve your memory. This one might be a little far fetched, but anything is anything.
5. Heart Health
As mentioned earlier blueberries have lots of vitamin K and have been shown to improve heart health.
What’s the deal with frozen blueberries?
Frozen blueberries are just as good for you as normal blueberries, and they last year round. Some studies have shown that frozen blueberries contain higher doses of disease-fighting antioxidants. Not sure how freezing them does this, but it does! Just kidding. Basically, when you freeze them the ice crystals make antioxidants change structure and become more available.