Blueberries , this nutritious fruit, not only serve to enjoy its flavor; It also offers us properties that serve to prevent and treat some diseases. Formerly it was used to treat diseases related to the urinary tract, thus helping to prevent the development of bacteria in this medium, as well as helping to increase the acidity of the urine.

These berries are low in sugars, but rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. These components, among others, help to obtain an effectiveness against the inflammation of the urinary bladder. In turn, blueberries help prevent cystitis, it is beneficial against kidney problems, prostate, urethra and other problems related to the urinary tract in general.

What are the benefits of blueberries

The benefits of blueberries are specifically concentrated in their antioxidant power. This helps prevent certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. In addition, its non-stick properties mean that some bacteria that are harmful to the body, for example, Helicobacter pylori, do not adhere to the walls of the gastrointestinal tract.

Blueberries help you lose weight

Including blueberries in the diet is ideal for reducing belly fat, to lose weight and in turn has a rejuvenating effect. Thanks to the fruit, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other compounds are obtained that are needed to reduce cholesterol, lose abdominal fat and, added to this, a better control over the blood sugar level is achieved.

This benefit is obtained with the daily consumption of fresh blueberries and with the support of a balanced diet and exercise.

Blueberries are healthy for blood vessels

One of the capabilities of this fruit is that it protects and strengthens the walls of the small blood vessels, these are known as capillaries. The consumption of blueberries is ideal for the treatment of varicose veins, varicose veins, phlebitis and hemorrhoids, helping to prevent these diseases. It is also usefu against the rupture of these vessels causing vision problems.

Blueberries prevent vision loss

In recent years there have been studies that have attracted attention and that is that there is an effect that does not go unnoticed. And it is that this fruit helps prevent retinal degeneration, the main cause of vision loss. This develops more and more in older people. There are other studies that indicate that combining cranberry with vitamin E slows the progression of cataracts.

Blueberries strengthen collagen

One of the properties it has is the anthocyanidin substance, which helps to strengthen collagen, this being an important protein of ligaments, tendons and cartilage. This substance fights inflammatory states and has important antioxidant properties, which make this fruit a useful treatment against inflammatory diseases of the joints and gums, such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Blueberries lower blood glucose

The leaves of the blueberry are good to reduce the glucose content in the blood, therefore, there are derived products that are used by diabetic people helping them to reduce the need for the consumption of oral medications or insulin. What is not recommended is the prolonged use of the leaf by these people, because its effect interferes with the normal process of the liver.

It is recommended before this health condition, go to the doctor and follow his instructions.

Blueberry properties

Blueberries contain very little sugar, but are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. Its properties also stand out:

  • Astringents and antidiarrheals: Promotes healing, digestive ailments and stops the growth of bacteria.
  • Tonic and gastroprotective: Facilitates digestion.
  • Antiseptics: Prevents infection in the urinary tract.
  • Hypoglycemic agents: Prevents visual disturbances caused by diabetes.
  • Antioxidants: Neutralize free radicals that affect the body.

Ways to consume blueberries

Beyond its rich flavor and its great beneficial properties for health, blueberries are very versatile when preparing them:

Dehydrated cranberries

When we dehydrate fruits, the aim is to make the most of their nutrients (at least the vast majority) as well as their durability. If it is a question of taking a long trip or preserving the fruit to consume it for days, dehydrating the natural blueberries is the best option, with a lot of flavor and especially in the healthy.

The amount of dehydrated fruit that is consumed must be taken into account. And it is that the effect that it produces when dehydrated, this reduces its size and in the first stay give the feeling that it does not fill. And it is that when consuming 50gr of dehydrated fruit, specifically this one, it can reach half a kilo in its normal state (hydrated).

When dehydrated, they take on a chewy texture, becoming annoying to consume. So, it is ideal to consume them by leaving them in the mouth for several seconds, between 20s to 30s, this helps them to hydrate a little before starting to chew. It is not a treat, so it should be consumed with caution.

Cranberry juice

Without a doubt, cranberry juice could not be left behind, rich in its flavor and its benefits, being ideal for all ages. Thanks to its nutrients that help the body, it is recommended to ingest it with great regularity. For example, it is ideal for the heart, thanks to the fact that it reduces the level of cholesterol in the body and reduces cardiovascular diseases.

There are several benefits that blueberries offer us, but its consumption in juice makes better use of its nutrients and especially its flavor. In turn, by ingesting this drink helps us prevent the appearance of cavities and gum diseases. This is due to its vitamin C, acids and compounds that help destroy and prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Its preparation is quite simple, a little blueberries with a little water in the blender and that’s it. If you want sweeter, just add a little more of both servings. Also, if you are one of those people who cannot substitute soda, you can prepare ½ liter of cranberry juice, ½ liter of sparkling water with ice to taste and voila. You will enjoy a rich nutritious juice.

Types of blueberries

When choosing blueberries, their color and texture should be taken into account. It should be known that those with the most intense and brilliant color, firm to the touch and dry, are the best quality. While the softer and more humid are damaged quickly.

Red cranberries

There are three types of lingonberries, which change in texture, color, and flavor. This is because they are found in different parts of the world.

  • Red or sour : These are the smallest of the three types, they are small berries with a pale pink color. They are very popular in Northern Europe and Asia and in North America and Northern North America.
  • Small reds : These are native to northern Europe and Asia. The plant of this fruit has triangular shaped leaves.
  • American Reds : These come from eastern Canada and the United States. Its flavor is similar to that of apple.

Blueberries

Blacks or Americans. This fruit is bluish-black in color and larger than the common ones, with a diameter of 6.5 to 12.5 millimeters. It stands out for being rich in vitamin C.

For better care, it is recommended to separate the moldy from the fresh ones, this will make them better preserved. In turn, they must remain dry, the humidity causes mold to grow too soon, losing the product in advance. It is recommended to store it in a colander, placing kitchen paper on it and letting it drain mostly.

Contraindications of blueberries

When we use therapeutic doses of blueberries, it does not present side effects or toxicity. For its part, we must avoid the long-term use of it and the preparations with leaves, this can lead to hydroquinone intoxication, which can cause weight loss problems and serious alterations in the body.

We must bear in mind that this fruit stands out for its high concentration of oxalic acid. This substance should be avoided by people who tend to form calcium oxalate kidney stones.

Blueberry Conclusion

We must be very careful when consuming products made with cranberry juice, it is important to observe the product label to know its content and thus know what we ingest for our body. It is also advisable to have the opinion of experts, a visit to the doctor can determine how healthy or harmful the consumption of blueberries is for our body.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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