The Center for Disease Control calls them a Powerhouse Fruit; the Mayo Clinic calls them a Superfood – but we just call them delicious. Blueberries, small dark indigo berries that grow on flowering bushes; they’re especially popular in Maine. Sweet and tasty, blueberries are an easy low-calorie snack. Not just a versatile treat – blueberries also have many health benefits, including reducing blood pressure, helping prevent cancer, and boosting your immune system. Blueberries can be consumed fresh or frozen, without losing any of the health benefits, vitamins, and minerals.
1. Low Calorie, High Nutrient
A one cup serving of blueberries – about a handful – contains just 80 calories, but a whopping 25 percent of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C and 4 grams of fiber. Blueberries also provide a substantial amount of Vitamin K (36 percent of your RDA) and Manganese (25 percent of your RDA) – based on a 2000 calorie diet. Vitamin K is difficult to find in nature. It’s essential in helping your blood retain the ability to clot. Manganese, typically found in fruit and vegetables with dark colored skins, helps prevent osteoporosis and inflammation in your joints. It’s especially beneficial for women and the elderly.