Blueberries Rank Number 1! Here’s 5 Important Facts You Should Know

December 21, 2010 by Matt

Well first off, did you know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Center rank blueberries number 1 in antioxidants out of over 40 different types of fruits and vegetables. That’s quite the title to hold. The importance of this is that they are also extremely high in Vitamin C, complex B Vitamins, Vitamin A, and copper which is an extremely important immune builder.

Secondly they reduce belly fat and since this blog is about promoting health and also I tend to lean it towards weight loss since that’s a big part of why I love to talk about fruits like blueberries. University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center discovered that after 90 days people taking blueberry-enriched diets have far less absominal fat, lower triglycerides and lower cholesterol, which is all extremely important.

Third is that it helps with heart disease. Due to the high fiber content, the amazingly high level of antioxidants and the ability to eradicate all the bad cholesterol in your body is the reason why the number one fruit here is such the ideal supplement to a healthy diet. So much in fact that it is known to cure heart disease.

Fourth is cancer. Blueberries have been known as the medical savior for cancer patients. On a molecular level everything is made up on elements, atoms, and compounds that produce different results. Well blueberries contain a certain compound known as Pterostilbene (an incredible remedy for colon and liver cancers) and Ellagic Acid which, in when working hand in hand with Anthocyanin and other certain antioxidants like vitamin-C and copper, can do miracles to prevent and cure cancer.

Lastly, but certain not least for this list at least is brain health. Brain Health: “The anthocyanin, the selenium, the vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, the zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese etc., among others, can prevent and even heal neurotic disorders by prevents degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells and also by restoring health of the central nervous system. It is hard to believe that these berries can also cure serious problems like Alzheimer’s disease to a great extent. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues and keep your memory sharp for a long-long time. Researchers found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones.” – Women’s Fitness Magazine

So as you can see in this list I compiled here of why blueberries are so important but most people are so lacking with this fruit its not funny. If I asked you what is the fruit you eat the most you’d most likely say: apples, oranges, or bananas. I don’t think I know anybody who would say blueberries.

One of the best ways I’ve found to utilize the extremely high health benefits of these little fruits are in two different ways. The first is putting them in my plain greek yogurt. I did a blog post a while back on the benefits of greek yogurt as well and why your current yogurt might actually be helping you put on the pounds as opposed to the other way around.

Lastly, and most importantly I recommend putting blueberries in whey protein powder. The reason why is that whey smoothies or shakes are so incredibly delicious that you will be almost addicted to how tasty they are. Not only that but whey protein is the number one protein powder on the planet so not only are you getting health benefits from whey protein but you are also getting it from fruits like blueberries and whatever other fruits you might throw in the blender.

Here’s an article I wrote on the benefits of whey protein powder that I want you to check out right now:

Cheers Guys and Happy Holidays!
-Matt Smith