8 reasons to love blueberries
This tiny fruit can do big things for your body
It’s blueberry time, and here are eight reasons to indulge yourself. Eating blueberries may:
1. Boost memory
Drinking blueberry juice for 12 weeks improved memory in older adults.
2 . Protect against heart disease
A blueberry diet reduced narrowing of the blood vessels in lab rats.
3. Shrink that gut
Rats that ate blueberry powder lost belly fat, even while on a high-fat diet.
4 . Cut cholesterol
Pigs fed blueberries had lower cholesterol. (Hey, could this make bacon healthier?)
5. Reverse age-related decline
Blueberry and other fruit and veggie extracts improved the motor skills of older rats.
6. Reduce hyperglycemia
Eating blueberry compounds alleviated symptoms of hyperglycemia in diabetic mice.
7 . Save the brain from stroke
When fed blueberries, rats lost fewer neurons to stroke.
8 . Prevent cancer
In rats given a carcinogenic chemical, compounds found in blueberries suppressed colon-cancer precursors.
This article was originally published on June 15, 2010