What are Blueberries?
Blueberries, which are also known by names such as tea grape, shepherd grape, bear grape, are a woody plant from the family of shrubs. Blueberries, which love a temperate climate, have plump and fleshy fruits ranging from red to purple in color. It has a sweet-sour taste. July September -September, the fruits are collected Decently. The fruit of plants grown with the seeds of reclaimed blueberries turns out to be tastier than the fruit of unregulated blueberries.
Where Do Blueberries Grow?
This plant, which loves temperate, humid and high places, grows mainly in the Black Sea Region in our country. Blueberries grow spontaneously in the higher parts of Artvin, Rize, Trabzon, Giresun, Samsun and Sinop. One of the reasons why blueberries, which grow easily on acidic soils, grow naturally in the high parts of the Black Sea Region is the high acidity of the soils of the region.
How to Consume Blueberries?
You can eat blueberries fresh in the season like regular fruits. You can make jam and marmalade from blueberries and consume them with flavor and health in your breakfasts. By drying or freezing, you can spread the consumption period over the whole year. You can consume dried blueberries in a similar way to other dried fruits. For example, you can eat dried blueberries by mixing them with oil seeds such as hazelnuts and peanuts. Another way to consume dried blueberries is to brew their tea. In the hot summer months, you can both contribute to your health and cool down by making compote and drinking it cold.
Blueberries Improve Memory
Fruits such as blueberries and other dark-colored strawberries, just like green leafy vegetables, are very powerful foods with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Antioxidants fight against oxidative stress, which predisposes to aging of the brain and neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, it has been shown that the antioxidants in blueberries can improve the signal transmission between brain cells. Dec. According to studies, cognitive decline is slower in older women who consume blueberries. Blueberries also help to improve memory and delay short-term memory loss. You can also consume this delicious fruit frozen or dried in order to spread the effect of fruits such as blueberries and dark strawberries, which are recommended to be eaten fresh in the season, on your memory all year round.
Helps Prevent Cancer
The vitamin C, vitamin A, and other phytonutrients found in blueberries help protect cells from damage by cancer-related free radicals. According to research, the antioxidants in blueberries can reduce inflammation in the body.
The folate found in blueberries is effective in DNA synthesis and repair. Thanks to the folate in its content, blueberries can prevent the formation of cancer cells by exerting an antioxidant effect.
Balances Blood Sugar
Approximately 3.6 g in a cup of blueberries. fiber is found. Research reveals that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber foods have low blood sugar. In type 2 diabetes patients who consume fibrous foods, blood sugar and insulin levels can improve.
Blueberries Protect Heart Health
The fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 contained in blueberries support heart health. The fact that blueberries do not contain cholesterol is also important for heart health. In particular, the fiber-rich structure of blueberries helps to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease.
Vitamin B6 and folate help reduce high levels of homocysteine, which can lead to heart problems.
According to a study, regular consumption of anthocyanin, found in blueberries, can reduce the risk of heart attack in young and middle-aged women by 32 percent. Let's also underline that women who consumed at least three servings of blueberries a week achieved the best results in this study.
It Helps to Balance Blood Pressure
Regular consumption of blueberries also helps to stabilize blood pressure. According to research, high blood pressure is one of the common causes of loss of life all over the world.
Regulates the Digestive System
On the other hand, the dense fiber structure in blueberries relaxes the digestive system. Thanks to fiber, it prevents the problem of constipation. For all these reasons, blueberries are defined as a digestive-friendly food.
Blueberries Strengthen the Immune System
Blueberries are also an effective food in terms of getting a strong immune system. Antioxidants such as anthocyanins in blueberries, C, B complex, E and vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc and iron and supports the immune system contributes substantially to prevent infections. If your immune system is strong, your risk of contracting diseases caused by bacteria and viruses is also reduced, and you will be healthier.
Consume Blueberries For Eye Health
If consumed regularly, blueberries have positive effects on eye health. The basis of this is the amount of intense antioxidants found in the structure of blueberries. This nut, which reduces the risk of developing conditions such as near and far visual disturbances, cataracts, is also good for dry eyes and infection. Blueberries are a plant rich in ingredients such as carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamins C, E, A, antioxidants, selenium, zinc and phosphorus, and these ingredients have a positive effect on eye health. Blueberries also make positive contributions for the glaucoma condition, which stands out among eye diseases due to the strength of the damage it Decays.
Because of the high intraocular pressure in the eye, retinal cells can be damaged and die because they cannot be fed in sufficient quantities. Blueberries also contribute to eye health in this regard. Consuming blueberries regularly to protect against night blindness, also known as chickpeas, provides a positive effect.
Good for Skin Health
Vitamin C contributes to our skin health by supporting the production of collagen in our skin. By consuming as much as one cup of blueberries a day, you can support your skin health thanks to the vitamin C you get. Vitamin C also further strengthens the ability of collagen to restore skin texture.
The antioxidants contained in the structure of blueberries also make positive contributions to skin health. While free radicals damage your skin, causing your wrinkles to increase, antioxidants regulate the electron structures of these free radicals, reducing the amount of damage they cause.
The anthocyanins that give blueberries their blue color, on the other hand, help to stop collagen damage in the skin if blueberries are consumed regularly. In this way, your skin becomes smoother and healthier.
Contributes to Your Bone Health
Vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and zinc contained in blueberries are very important building blocks in terms of bone health. Taking advantage of these building blocks, which are also present in the natural structure of the bone, by consuming blueberries contributes to the strengthening of our bones and their healthy functioning for many years.