There is an old proverb – “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” – that’s been around since the 19th century. It was true then and still rings true today. Apples are among the healthiest fruits, offering various benefits that can improve your overall …
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Blueberries are superfoods, known as the world’s most nutritious fruit. These tiny, blue-hued berries are packed with incredible health benefits.
Here are a few reasons to add blueberries to your juices and smoothies:
High In Nutrients and Antioxidants
One cup of blueberries contains only 84 calories but provides a good source of fiber, vitamins C and K, and manganese. Blueberries are also incredibly rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in your body that can damage cells and contribute to cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, which gives the fruit its deep blue color. These antioxidants also help prevent DNA damage and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Excellent For Heart Health
Research has shown that consuming blueberries regularly can help lower cholesterol levels, improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart disease. Add a cup of blueberries to your daily diet for a healthier heart.
May Improve Brain Function
Blueberries are often referred to as “brain berries” due to their ability to enhance cognitive function. The antioxidants found in blueberries have been shown to lower oxidative stress, reduce inflammation and improve brain function. Studies have proven that eating blueberries regularly can improve memory and cognitive function in older adults.
May Improve Gut Health
Blueberries are also an excellent source of fiber, which is vital for gut health. Fiber helps keep our digestive system working normally and can avoid constipation and other digestive issues. In addition, fiber can help us feel fuller for longer, facilitating weight loss.
Good For Skin Health
Blueberries are also high in vitamins A and C, which promote healthy skin. Vitamin C can aid in boosting collagen formation and protecting the skin from UV damage. And blueberries’ antioxidants can protect the skin from oxidative stress and inflammation, and prevent premature aging.
The Bottom Line
Blueberries are a powerhouse fruit that offers numerous health benefits. From their antioxidant properties to their potential to improve heart and brain health, there are many reasons to include more in your daily diet. You can enjoy them as a snack or add them to your smoothies and fresh juices. The possibilities are endless, and your body will thank you for it!
Strawberries are a delicious fruit that is enjoyed by many people around the world. Often added to smoothies, desserts, and salads, strawberries are packed with a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that make them a smart addition to any diet. Here are some of …
For centuries, collard greens and black-eyed peas have been staples on our kitchen tables every New Year’s Day.
Collards are believed to attract financial abundance, and peas have been said to bring on a hefty dose of good luck. Two very good reasons, huh?!
But unbeknownst to many, these staples are also highly nutritious. In fact, so healthy you may want to add them to your dinner plates throughout the year.
Lots of Healthy Goodness!
Both collard greens and black-eyed peas are great sources of:
- Vitamins A, C and K
These staples can also:
- Aid in digestion
- Lower your cholesterol
- Improve overall heart health
- Strength your bones and
- Help prevent osteoporosis
They both have a low glycemic index, which is good for diabetics and helps keep blood sugar levels in check.
And they are rich in folate, a much-needed nutrient for pregnant women and small children.
While tradition alone is enough to keep this healthy duo on our New Year’s menus, I’m hoping their nutritional values will encourage you to add them to your diet year round.
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