July is National Blueberry Month!

Pick your own blueberries

Fresh Blueberries

In 1999 the USDA declared July to be National Blueberry Month.  I always look forward to this time of the year when blueberries are more plentiful and tasteful.  There is a little farm not to far from me and I plan to go and pick some fresh off the bushes in a few days.

Blueberries are more than just tasty, they have a lot of healthy benefits as well.  Blueberries contain a multitude of phytonutrients which act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in the body.  Some of the benefits of blueberries include cardiovascular protection.  Blueberries help protect from clogging of the blood vessels, they can help protect against high blood pressure and if eaten regularly, can help reduce the risk of hypertension.  Blueberries are rich in manganese and vitamin C.  Blueberries may also help improve cognitive function, including memory, in older adults if eaten regularly.

Blueberries are also good for people who have diabetes.  They are low in sugar and have been shown to be a great addition to a diabetics diet because they they have a low Glycemic Index score and over time, it may improve the regulation of blood sugar levels.

Blueberries are high in fiber which can lower the risk of cancer.  Blueberries also contain anthocyanins which may help in protecting your eyes.

There are two links below.  The first one goes into more detail about the health benefits of blueberries.  The second gives you many ways to eat blueberries along with recipes if you want to do more with them than just eat them right off the bush or the container from the grocery.

7 Health Benefits of Blueberries

25 Ways to Use Fresh Blueberries | The Well Fed Homestead