Boost Of Blue
Let’s boost your blueberry knowledge! Did you know that blueberries help support brain health? While there are many foods that can be attributed to that, blueberries are a good source of those anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are plant compounds that are responsible for the blue, purple, red color and can help drive improvement in brain function (1). When you think about brain function what comes to mind for you? For us it’s memory and focus. Did you know that 1 cup of blueberries:
- Is a serving of fruit
- Contains 80 calories
- Is a good source of fiber, containing 4g
- Has other wonderful nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and phytonutrients called polyphenols
The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables, including blueberries, that has been associated with a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Outside of brain health, blueberry research is also looking at helping other aspects of your health. Areas of research are also looking at cardiovascular health, brain health, exercise, insulin response, and gut health. Whether you are grabbing fresh or frozen blueberries, they are equally nutritious and have so many uses to fulfill your needs.
- Krikorian R, Kalt W, Mcdonald JE, Shidler MD, Summer SS, Stein AL. Cognitive performance in relation to urinary anthocyanins and their flavonoid-based products following blueberry supplementation in older adults at risk for dementia. J Funct Foods. 2020 Jan; 64: 103667.