Unexpected Health Benefits of Blueberries

We are blessed to live in a world rich with a variety of delicious fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Each plant-based food has its own unique flavor, scent and nutritional profile — made of health giving vitamins and phytochemicals (many of which act as antioxidants).

A well-known super food, and one of my favorite fruits, is the antioxidant powerhouse: the Blueberry. This fruit is a classic option for topping off your fruit bowl, sweetening muffins and filling perfect pies. (Check out this raw pie recipe!)

While they might be a bit pricy to find fresh at the market or grocer, blueberries are truly a worthwhile treat, especially when they are in season.


Next: Nutrients and vitamins in Blueberries

Blueberries are extremely high in health giving phytochemicals. And why is that so important? Because they’re good, good, good for you!

Many of the phytochemicals listed below provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits:


  • Anthocyanins (malvidins, delphinidins, pelargonidins, cyanidins, peonidins)
  • Flavonols (kaempferol, quercetin, myricetin)
  • Resveratrol
  • Pterostilbene
  • Hydroxycinnamic acids (caffeic acids, ferulic acids, coumaric acids)
  • Hydroxybenzoic acids (coumaric acids)
  • Hydroxybenzoic acids (gallic acids, procatchuic acids)


And these are only some of the phytochemicals we’ve studied so far!

Along with all of these beautiful nutrients, blueberries are also a good source of vitamins including:

  • Manganese
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin C

All of these vitamins and phytonutrients gives blueberries their wonderful smell, color, flavor AND health benefits!

Health benefits of blueberries:

- Eye health: Anthocyanin (one of the phytochemicals in blueberries) has been shown to protect the retina from damage.

- Cardiovascular health: Blueberries have been shown to improve blood fat balance (including reducing total overall cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and lowering triglycerides. In addition, they protect the blood vessels and certain blood components from oxygen damage.

Blood Sugar Balance: Blueberries (along with many other berries) have been shown to have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation.

Cognitive Benefits: Studies have demonstrated (especially in elderly patients) that regular consumption of blueberries can improve cognitive function including memory, as well as potentially postponing other cognitive problems often associated with aging.

Anti-Cancer Properties: Studies are beginning to suggest that blueberries may have many anti-cancer benefits, particularly breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer and cancer of the small intestine.

Full body antioxidant protection and support: Blueberries not only benefit your eyes, cardiovascular system and cognitive abilities, they’re pretty much good for every system in the body! Every system that they have studied thus far in relation to blueberry consumption has benefited. This includes reducing damage to muscles after exercise, protection of the entire nervous system from oxygen damage, reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases and protecting the digestive tract from oxygen damage.

And that’s just some of what we’ve learned so far.

So along with all the other wonderful and delicious plant nutrients you enjoy on a daily basis, pick up some blueberries too!

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Rokcy Less
Past Member 1 years ago

The information in this blog is extremely useful for the people.
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Mousumi Gharami
Mousumi Gharami2 years ago

Blueberries come up with lots of amazing health benefits and they are my favorites. It reduces cancer risk, improves cardiovascular health, boost memory power and lots more

Irina Brenner
Irina Brenner2 years ago

I knew it Anyway thanks for sharing.

Gigi D.
Theresa D.2 years ago

I love blueberries

wael a.
wael a.2 years ago

thank you

Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin2 years ago

I knew most of this but it is good to have a reminder once in a while!

Thanks for sharing!

Nanette A.
Nanette a.2 years ago

There are so many wonderful super foods out there. I do want to mention thatBlueberries should be organic since they do use a lot of pesticides on them. On the shoppers guide to pesticides in produce they are #13 on the list. For more info you can go to www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php.
Thank you for the article on Blueberries they are a great food :)

John S.
Past Member 2 years ago

For some reason, I am a big vegetable eater, but not fruits. I buy for my wife, and clean them for her, but some reason will not do that for myself.

Irina Brenner
Irina Brenner2 years ago

I know Mother nature rocks

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!