Another Potential Benefit of this Antioxidant Packed Fruit
Exercising too much can be dangerous. Excessive exercise leads to increases in oxidative stress, and this often results in skeletal muscle damage. Skeletal muscles are the mechanism for powering movement.
Researchers with the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research conducted a study to see if blueberries could reduce the damage caused by excessive exercise.
They choose blueberries because they have the highest level of antioxidants of any common fruit.
The researchers published their findings in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
For the study, researchers exposed skeletal muscle fibers to a compound known to induce stress similar to exercising muscles. The muscle fibers were then exposed to various concentrations of fruit extracts.
They found that blueberry extracts significantly reduced damage to muscle cells exposed to the compound.
Although this study was done in a lab, the researchers are confident that similar findings will be replicable in human studies.
There are numerous other reasons to eat more blueberries apart from their potential ability to keep your muscles healthy. Blueberries have been shown to decrease the risk of dementia, aid in weight management and reduce cholesterol.
They are also easy to add to your diet because they go well with pancakes, salads and smoothies.