A little known fact is that the month of July is dedicated to the small but mighty blueberry for National Blueberry Month. What makes blueberries important enough to get a dedicated month? Those sweet little round berries that may not look like much, but pack a powerful antioxidant punch! Antioxidants are essential to fighting free radical damage that attack cells and health of the human body. Free radicals are byproducts of imperfections in the world in which we live such as air pollution, water impurities, medications, radiation, stress and much more. Battling free radicals is an important function for the body to maintain optimal health.
However, the body is under continuous attack from free radicals and the body’s natural antioxidant defense system is simply not strong enough. The human body needs assistance in fight free radical damage and this is where the importance of antioxidants come into play, and the importance of antioxidant-rich fruit, such as blueberries.
Interestingly, the blueberry species is one of the few fruits native to North America and grow green in color but turn blue as the fruit ripens. Considered the highest antioxidant of the berry family, blueberries are low in calories, alkaline and good for overall wellness. Wild blueberries, otherwise known as lowbush, are smaller although they have a higher antioxidant content than their counterpart, highbush blueberries. Blueberries are made of 85% water and nutritious containing fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.
You can easily add healthy blueberries to your diet by eating them plain, in healthy muffins, with non milk-based yogurts, mixed into oatmeal and blended into smoothies (with 7.2 Greens and 7.2 Shake of course)! Blueberries are versatile and compliment many foods.
The peak of the blueberry season is here for the summer so take advantage of this superfood while you can! As always, try to choose organic varieties, and stock up to freeze for months so you can enjoy blueberries long after summer ends.
Happy National Blueberry Month!