Blueberries May be Even Healthier than You Thought
The general public has some knowledge about the health benefits of blueberries, but is not fully aware of all the benefits blueberries offer. A recent study has found that certain health benefits of blueberries are still not commonly known, especially among working class people.
The researchers surveyed more than 2,000 people in 31 states, largely on the East Coast and in the Midwest. They found that most people were aware of the research showing that blueberries can help protect against cancer and lower the risk of heart disease. However, there was less awareness of the benefits blueberries offer in regards to aging, vision and memory.
The researchers theorized that the fact that the high general awareness of heart disease and cancer may be the reason those health benefits are more widely known. More personal research into the prevention of these diseases would expose the participants to these benefits.
The researchers also found that people with lower incomes tended to be less knowledgeable about the health benefits of blueberries, compared to their peers with higher incomes.
Researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences conducted the study. It was reported in a press release from the University of Florida on June 17, 2016.
Blueberries are high in flavonoids, particularly anthocyanins and flavanols. Previous studies suggest that they may help decrease the risk of dementia, aid in weight management, improve blood vessel function, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
Blueberries are easy to add to your diet because they go well with pancakes, salads and smoothies.