We love our homegrown blueberries at Sweet Berry Farm because they’re bright, sweet, delicious, and synonymous with summer in New England. But it’s even better when a food you love is also good for you. We’ve heard blueberries called a super food, but what does that mean? We looked into it and here’s what we found out:
They’re rich in antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and more. In fact, blueberries contain the most antioxidants of any fruit out there. This means that eating them as part of a diet rich in antioxidants can help ward off chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, memory loss, and more. Blueberries also help fight the signs of aging, and provide a serious boost for your immune system.
There have more to offer than meets the eye. Blueberries and blueberry extract are high in flavonoids called anthocyanosides. These compounds give blueberries their pretty blue color, but they’re also important for ocular health. Eating them daily can help preserve your peepers, prevent vision loss, cataracts, eye dryness, and infection.
They’re full of fiber. And that’s crucial for digestive health, helping you feel full and satisfied, and keeping conditions such as diabetes in check. A handful (or three) can also help lower cholesterol and keep heart disease at bay.
They’re antibacterial. The vitamin C they contain promotes acidity and helps inhibit the growth of infection-causing bacteria.
Being outside, getting some fresh air, and picking blueberries is exercise! You’re squatting, reaching, bending, and stretching to fill your bucket with the best blueberries you can find. (You may also be running after your little ones!) Picking local blueberries, like the ones here at Sweet Berry Farm, is good for both body and mind.
Stop by, pick some fresh blueberries, and enjoy the benefits that come along with them.