The MLZ staff have found 20 amazing reasons why blueberries should be incorporated into your diet as often as possible. 

They have only 42 calories per half cup.

Because they contain plentiful amounts of the phytonutrient quercetin, they may reduce the likelihood and severity of allergies.

Blueberries contain minerals like iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

Blueberries contain salicylic acid—the natural version of aspirin. Salicylic acid is known to thin the blood and reduce pain.

Blueberries are excellent anti-inflammatory agents. Research shows that by eating blueberries regularly, inflammation lessens.

They increase the production of feel-good dopamine. 

Catechins found in blueberries activate fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells to assist with weight loss, and belly fat loss in particular. According to research at Tufts University, regularly ingesting catechins increases abdominal fat loss by 77 percent and double total weight loss.

They contain a group of natural phytonutrients (plant nutrient) called proanthocyanidins which have a unique ability to protect both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some environmental toxins.

Blueberries are one of the richest sources proanthocyanidins. These phytonutrients decrease free radicals levels that are linked to aging (yes wrinkling!) and disease.

Blueberries may reverse some age-related memory loss and motor skill decline.

Blueberries are packed with vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin and folate.

They are a rich source of the phytonutrients ellagic acid. Ellagic acid has proven anticancer and genetic-material-protection capabilities. It also encourages a healthy rate of apoptosis—how the body seeks out and destroys harmful or damaged cells, like cancer cells.

They have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit.

They neutralize free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body.

They help promote urinary tract health – blueberries also have some antibiotic properties.

They have been proven to preserve vision.

The anthocyanin, the selenium, the vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, the zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese etc., among others, can prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells and also by restoring health of the central nervous system. Researchers found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones.

They help dissolve the bad cholesterol and are an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases. They also strengthen cardiac muscles.

The roughage (fibre) in blueberries prevent constipation. Furthermore, the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion.

Research shows that compounds in blueberries can inhibit colon and breast cancer.
 

No Fuss MLZ Blueberry Breakfast Recipe:

3/4 cup blueberries – 60 calories
3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt – 140 calories

Total: 200 calories

Sources:
http://www.womenfitness.net/blueberries.htm
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-surprising-reasons-to-eat-more-blueberries.html