Load up on pints of blueberries the next time you hit the supermarket. Not only are these summertime treats reaching peak ripeness right now, but they’re a smart choice year-round in fresh or frozen form.
Not only are they chock-full of the essential nutrient vitamin C, but these berries can also give your body a major boost in other ways:
Reduced risk of chronic disease: The antioxidants in berries may lower your risk of a whole host of illnesses by limiting inflammation and fighting free radicals.
Better brain health: The flavonoids in blueberries can reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia by enhancing circulation and protecting brain cells from damage.
A healthier heart: Some studies have linked eating blueberries with decreased blood pressure. Since they’re loaded with polyphenolic compounds that help your blood vessels, blueberries count as a cardio protective food.
Adding blueberries to your day in any form is great! Swap these unsweetened treats for dried fruit in salads and sautés; use them in homemade smoothies; pep up cereals, pancakes, and desserts; upgrade your sparkling water or unsweetened tea with frozen bluebs; or eat them on their own for maximum health benefits.