Everything you need to know about blueberries
Surely you have heard a lot of myths and truths about this fruit; At Don Zabor we investigate and tell you all the points in favor of this super food.
Where do they come from?
The plant that blueberries grow on is a type of evergreen shrub that grows in swamps or wetlands; although its origin is unknown, it grows in northern Europe, Asia and America.
Its production today is concentrated in North America (mainly the United States and Canada), representing more than 90% of world production.
Although when talking about blueberries, you never know which type you are referring to, we are talking about red ones (also known as Cranberries). They are from the same family and genus as blueberries (known as Blueberries), but they are more tart and therefore much tastier if eaten cooked or dried than fresh.
What are they for?
These berries are very commonly used for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections. That is why we see many products in pharmacies, health food stores, and even the supermarket that contain this special ingredient. Bilberry is also used as a remedy for kidney stones, an enlarged prostate, the common cold, and many other conditions, although there is no scientific evidence to support these uses.
In the kitchen, the blueberry fruit is used as juice, jelly, sauce, to fill pies, to accompany dishes, in short... We cannot deny that in any of its presentations it is a delight.
It also improves immune function, so consuming this superfood is essential in current times to help our body in the battle against any virus it may encounter.
How does it work?
It was previously believed to work for urinary tract infections by slowing the growth of bacteria, but according to more recent studies, this appears not to be the case. Rather, some of the chemicals in the fruit prevent bacteria from sticking to the cells lining the urinary tract. However, it has not been proven that it has the capacity to release bacteria that are already adhered to these cells, so to stay healthy, the ideal is to consume it regularly and thus ensure the well-being of our body.
Because blueberries contain significant amounts of salicylic acid, which is an important ingredient in aspirin, in addition to many other nutrients, consuming it regularly increases the amount of this acid in the body which can reduce inflammation , prevent the formation of blood clots, reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and even have antitumor effects.
It is also a powerful antioxidant, as it contains anthocyanins, which are the pigments that give blueberries their beautiful color, as well as flavonoids, tannins, essential minerals and vitamins; The truth is that we can continue mentioning all the benefits of this fruit, but we better leave you with the recommendation to start consuming it (and remind you that you can find it in its best presentation and quality at Don Zabor).
In addition to those already mentioned, here are other important benefits of blueberries:
- They are low in calories, so they are an ideal snack during the diet.
- They have positive effects on sight, even regenerating damage to the retina.
- It is useful in the prevention of diseases such as diabetes
- Because of their antioxidants, they slow down aging.
- It also helps slow down deterioration caused by degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
- They're low in sugar, so you can eat them guilt-free.
- They have high levels of fiber, which makes them an ally for good digestion
Do you know any other use or benefit of this fruit? Tell us on Instagram and Facebook! You can buy your Don Zabor blueberries at any Walmart, Superama, Bodega Aurrera, H-E-B, laComer and Alsuper.