Important nutritional value of blueberries

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One of the exotic fruits that are worth a try is the blueberries. Known for their lustrous blue pigmentation, the fruit is a marvel to the eyes. In addition, it has many health and nutritive benefits too which all the more envisages the consumption of blueberries. It can be either consumed solely or can be used as an item for fresh fruit basket gifts. Gifting blueberries is a viable option since; this fruit has immense benefits that are not known by many.

Nutritive value of blueberries

Blueberries come under the broad category of berries. They have a bouquet full of nutritional value making it one of the healthy fruits. One cup of blueberries (approximately 148 grams), has about 84 calories with a very low GI content. Further, it is a pool of rich vitamins and minerals. Around 32% of the content consists of Vitamin K which helps in blood clotting and also helps in preventing heart diseases. About 25% of the content is that of manganese. Manganese is an important constituent for bone strengthening as it helps in the production of certain enzymes which are essential for bone formation. Vitamin C constitutes about 19% of the nutritive value. Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin and hence is considered as very vital. 14% nutritive value consists of fibres. Fibre is essential for cleaning the colon and the small intestine. Hence overall, the blueberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and are considered to be of factored nutritive value.

Health Benefits

Yes Blueberries are good to eat with their special tasting effects. However, they have umpteen health benefits too. Let’s take a look at some of them:

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  • Reduces fat especially in the belly region– A study by the University of Michigan has proved that consumption of blueberries is directly related to burning of fats in the belly region. Positive results of lowering triglyceride fats, cholesterol and abdominal fats have been shown with the regular consumption of this fruit.
  • Prevents hypertension– Blueberries contains a chemical called the anthologists which are marked by the blue pigmentation of the fruit. Antonino helps to protects one from the condition of hypertension. In fact, it has shown a reduction in the stress levels by a considerable amount, making it an important fruit.
  • Improves brain functioning– Anthologists are also directly linked to improving the functioning of the brain by a considerable amount as it triggers a part of the brain to send neuronal signals thus boosting up its functionality.
  • Reduces the risk of colon cancer-Blueberries contains an important chemical called the prognosticate which is found to suppress the cause of colon cancer by a considerable amount. Colon cancer is the second dangerous level of cancer and hence in taking regular amount of blueberries can easily help to reduce the risk by a considerable amount.
  • Boosts the overall metabolism of the body– Blueberries is rich in manganese which helps to boost the overall metabolism of the body.

With all these health benefits, blueberries seem to be an ideal fruit worth having on a daily basis.

Live healthy, Gift healthy

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As colourful and juicy as they look, they are equally good for your taste buds and health. The best part about them is you can eat any amount of them without feeling guilty and also they add so many colours to your food. The way they are so full of minerals and vitamins our body ever needs help our body heal and fight against diseases.

1. Heart diseases and stroke- Fruits are low in calories. So no matter how many of them you eat you are not going to gain that much calories. Fruits contain substances found in the plant that may help reducing the risk of heart diseases and stroke.

2. Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes- Studies prove that eating whole fruits especially blueberries, grapes and apples reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes up to 23%. Remember whole fruits and not fruit juices reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, juice may increase the risk.

3. Fight high blood pressure- Potassium contained in fruits fights high blood pressure and reduces the risk of kidney stones and bone loss.

4. Eat without fearing obesity- Fruits have lesser calorie and higher fibre. They not only keep you full for longer and kill your untimely craving for food but also keep your bowels clear. Hence, they also fight obesity.

5. Prevent certain cancers- Eating the diet rich in fruits not only strengthens the immunity of body but also helps fighting certain types of cancer.

6. RBC count- Folate or as we better know it as the Folic acid helps the body in forming red blood cells, hence fighting Anaemia. Expecting mothers and women hoping to get pregnant should consume adequate folate from food. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects and other problems during pregnancy.

7. Keep your gums healthy- Vitamin C, that some fruits are so rich in, not only keeps your teeth and gum healthy but also repairs tissues. They also provide antioxidants defence against infection and diseases.

Mother Nature has blessed us in the form of fruits. They are not only delicious, but also healthy defying the saying that healthy can’t be delicious. Wild Blueberries are antioxidant superstars and also control your weight by satisfying your sweet tooth. Strawberries and mangoes are power-packed in vitamin C and strawberries also fight cancer.  Raspberries are not only loaded with vitamin C and fibres but also so much more. Blackberries have phytonutrients and kales also have fibres along with abundant phytonutrients. Grapefruits are diabetes buster. Apples among so many of benefits zap cholesterol. Tangerines are metabolic masters since they are full of vitamin c and fibres. Dried plums keep your bone stronger and reduce their damage and cranberries help your teeth stay free of bacteria.

I can go on and on with the list of benefits fruits provide. There are reasons enough for including fruits in your diet. So, do I still need to tell you why fresh fruit basket gifts are the best for someone you really care about? I guess not. So, go ahead and get them for your loved ones.