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The Body Benefits Of A Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberries can provide the body with many surprising benefits. Blueberries are currently the second most consumed fruit in the United States, after strawberries. People use them in a wide variety of foods, from pies to sauces, but one of the best ways to consume blueberries is raw in drinkable form, like juice or a smoothie. Raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits and using them to create a smoothie gives you many of the nutrients your body needs to remain healthy and strong.

Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. According to a recent study, organically grown blueberries have a significantly higher total antioxidant capacity than conventionally grown blueberries. However, fresh blueberries can be frozen and stored in the freezer without destroying their antioxidant content. This is great news for anyone who grows, buys, or picks fresh berries in season and wants to enjoy them year round or those who has restricted access to fresh blueberries but can find them in the freezer section of their local grocery store.

Blueberries provide various benefits for the nervous system and for brain health and have been shown to improve memory. In a study involving senior adults, the daily consumption of blueberries resulted in improved scores on two different tests of cognitive function that included memory testing. The authors of this study said the results also suggested that blueberries might slow down or postponing the onset of some of the cognitive problems that are frequently associated with aging. Other studies have shown that blueberries also have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation in persons diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Here is a delicious blueberry smoothie recipe for you to try.

Blueberry Oatmeal Maple Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup yogurt
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup milk

Directions

1. Mix the rolled oats into the yogurt and let sit in the fridge overnight, covered.

2. Puree everything in a blender.

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