The berry family is one of the healthiest natural food options on the planet. They are rich in antioxidants that help prevent the development of disease and fight off free radicals that cause cancers and other degenerative diseases. Plus, they are so delectably delicious and abundantly available. The rich blue color also makes them a very versatile addition to any salad or cake recipe.

Blueberries, in particular, have many health benefits. This is because of their high fiber, vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content. They are rich sources of Vitamin C, K and B6, phosphorus and manganese. They are also very high in phytochemical content that help in the prevention of certain types of cancers and other degenerative diseases. They also have no cholesterol, making them the ideal food for those seeking to lose weight. A cup only contains about 80 calories.

Here are the health benefits of blueberries:

1. They are heart-healthy food. Blueberries have been shown to reduce one's risk of heart failure and reduce incidence of heart attacks. The National Institute of Health reveals that because of its high-antioxidant content, a diet rich in blueberries minimizes inflammation of the heart that causes stroke and heart disease. They also protect against atherosclerosis or the deposition of fats in the arterial walls which obstruct the normal flow of blood that lead to cardiac arrest. A study also shows that those who have high intake of blueberries have significantly reduced blood pressure levels compared to those who don't.

2. They are brain-healthy foods. Antioxidants known as anthocyanins are present in blueberries. These not only have anti-inflammatory properties but also work towards keeping dementia at bay. A blueberry-rich diet contributes to sharper memories, enhanced learning abilities and protects against memory loss.

3. They are cancer-fighting foods. Blueberries have high antioxidant content that fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Thanks to antioxidants known as pterostilbenes, cells remain healthy with blueberries.

4. They are fat-fighters. Their high fiber content makes them the ideal snack for those seeking to lose weight. Studies have shown that eating blueberries helps those dealing with obesity or excessive weight gain. Furthermore, blueberries lower blood sugar levels. This further helps in weight reduction.

5. They are skin-friendly foods. Blueberries help protect the skin from wrinkles and premature aging caused by the harsh ultraviolet rays from the sun.

The benefits of blueberries are just too important to miss. No other food in the planet can be this friendly to the heart, brain and skin and still taste good at the same time. Start incorporating blueberries in your diet today. Eat them fresh or mix them in with your morning cereals. Blueberry smoothies are also delicious and refreshing afternoon treats. If you're on the road to weight loss, substitute your morning coffee with a blueberry smoothie and experience energy that will sustain you throughout the morning. You can also have a fruit bowl of mixed berries for snacks. And when you're going to be traveling, make sure you bring a pack of dried blueberries with you so you have something healthy to munch on anytime you feel hungry.

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Proud mother of 2 lovely girls, world traveler, and natural health advocate.