The blueberry is the fruit of a shrub classified in the Magnoliophyta group and that grows in cold climates. This fruit exists in three different species: two with red berries and one with blue berries. The latter is also known by the name of blueberry . One of the differences between the three berries is that the blueberry is sweet , while the red ones are acidic and a bit bitter .The bittersweet flavor of the blueberry fades as it matures. It usually undergoes desiccation to turn it into dried fruits similar to raisins. Berries have been known for thousands of years; the Nordic and Arctic peoples consumed it as part of their diet, and Amerindian cultures of the north used him as food and natural medicine.

There is data that blueberries were consumed since Roman times , especially blueberries, for their properties against urinary diseases. This is the best known medicinal quality of cranberry, as it prevents infections and diseases in the urinary tract . Cranberry juice was used in patients who suffered from any of these conditions.

What is blueberry good for?

The blueberry has multiple uses, among which the human diet and natural medicine stand out . As it is a fruit with a bittersweet taste and a pleasant aroma, its extract and aroma have been used in various industries. Thanks to the acids and other chemical substances that compose it, it serves as a natural antibiotic .

The blueberry is used to:

  • Treat infections and diseases
  • Add to food
  • Prepare creams, perfumes and soaps

Treat infections and diseases

Cranberry has been used by ancient peoples to treat various ailments , especially those caused by urinary infections , as its hippuric acid helps to acidify the urine and undo stones or oxalate crystals. This acidity also makes it difficult for bacteria to grow in the kidneys, urinary tract, and bladder.

Cranberry contains proanthocyanidins , which are polymers derived from flavonoids that prevent bacteria from adhering to tissue walls and tooth enamel, thus fighting gastritis, gingivitis and other oral infections. Proanthocyanidins are effective against Streptococcus mutans , which causes dental cavities.

Due to its content of polyphenols, which act as antioxidants, blueberry prevents oxidative stress and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancers and early senile dementia.

During WWII, soldiers who ate blueberry jam had better eyesight at night and were not affected by transitions from light to dark . They also had their eyes protected from the sun’s rays.

Among the diseases and conditions that can be fought by consuming blueberries are:

  • Caries
  • Cystitis
  • Kidney stones
  • Infections in the urethra
  • Senile dementia
  • Alzheimer
  • Mild intestinal infections
  • Stomach ulcer prevention
  • Oxidative stress
  • Enuresis (urinating at night)
  • Improve vision
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins
  • Diarrhea
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Indigestion
  • Type II diabetes
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Acne

It should be noted that many of these properties have not been fully proven by science.

There are three types of blueberries. One blue and two red.

Add to food

Cranberry juice is the way in which this fruit is marketed the most, because in addition to being refreshing, it is the way in which its properties as an antioxidant are best used. Jams and dried fruits are other popular presentations, especially in countries where their raw consumption is limited.

Currently, there are various products whose main flavoring is blueberry, especially teas, gelatins and powders to prepare beverages.

Among the foods that can be prepared with blueberries are:

  • Spirits
  • Jams
  • Salads
  • Stews (like dried fruit)
  • Desserts (can be fresh or dry)
  • Ice creams
  • Candies
  • Salsas
  • Jellies
  • Cakes
  • Panes
  • Cookies

Prepare creams, perfumes and soaps

Because of its antioxidant content, cranberry is frequently added in anti-aging creams and treatments to improve skin health. There are countless products on the market with the aroma or extract of these fruits , as their sweet and fresh aroma is ideal for soaps, shampoos, lotions and perfumes, especially for women and children.

Among the cosmetic and pharmaceutical products that are made with cranberry are:

  • Creams
  • Tonics
  • Perfumes
  • Lotions
  • Soaps
  • Shampoos
  • Extracts in pills
  • Ointments

Cranberry side effects

Cranberry or the juice of this fruit should not be consumed when taking warfarin , which is a drug to prevent blood clots. If the combination of cranberry with warfarin is consumed, there is a risk of bleeding .

Cranberry contains arbutin , which is a substance that depigments the skin. When consumed in excess, in the long term it is related to skin cancer, as it is derived from hydroquinone , a whitening substance, but with harmful effects when used pure or for a long time.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical opinion. Consult a doctor.

 

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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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