Blueberries are not just so rich in flavour but are also rich with nutrients and minerals. It has an impressive nutritional profile including potassium, fibre, vitamin K, C, folate and calories. So here are a few benefits of including blueberries in your diet.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants: If you are suggested to increase intake of anti oxidants, then blueberries is the way to go. Antioxidants present in blueberries help to alleviate the symptoms of inflammation and improve skin health. It protects one’s cells from damage as well.
Reduce the risk of cholesterol: According to Healthline, antioxidants present in blueberries help to prevent oxidative damage to bad cholesterol. That ultimately reduces the risk of heart disease. However, more studies are required to explain the same.
Have an anti-diabetic effect: Blueberries contain moderate levels of sugar in comparison to other fruits. According to a study done by PubMed, consuming blueberries or blueberries juice have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity and glucose sensitivity. Improved levels of insulins help to decrease the chances of diabetes.
Improve memory: According to PubMed, consuming blueberries regularly can help brain functioning and delay brain ageing.
Lower blood pressure: Blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease. According to Healthline, consuming blueberries regularly can help to reduce high blood pressure.
Love for blueberries is never-ending, the best part is they can be frozen, baked, converted into sauce, juice or smoothie. So here are some of the wonderful recipes you can prepare at home-
Blueberry muffin: You require the following ingredients to prepare a blueberry muffin.
½ cup unsalted butter
1 ¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup buttermilk
1 pint of fresh blueberries - rinsed, drained and patted dry
2 tablespoon white sugar.
Steps to prepare blueberry muffin:
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Blueberry sauce: You require the following ingredients to prepare the blueberry sauce.
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
¼ cup water
1 cup orange juice
¾ cup white sugar
¼ cup cold water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon almond extract
⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Steps to prepare blueberry sauce: