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Wait, These Are What Blueberries Can Do? 10 Benefits of Blueberries That Will Impress You

Wait, These Are What Blueberries Can Do? 10 Benefits of Blueberries That Will Impress You

Blueberries are so delicious that I doubt that I really need to give you any actual reasons to eat them. Unfortunately, I don’t think my editor would accept an article that ends there, so we’re going to take a look at some of the impressive health benefits that blueberries actually have. Seriously though, they’re so tasty and unbelievably good for you that I’ve become one of those hateful people who brags about growing her own. Find out why.

1. Eye Health

A high vitamin A content is one of the many benefits that blueberries have for your health. It’s particularly helpful for your eyesight and has been known to prevent vision loss in old age. Another fun fact is that some pilots during WWII apparently used blueberries in order to improve their night vision. In case you were wondering, they ate them, as opposed to squeezing them into their eyes.

2. Heart Health

Blueberries are given their color by anthocyanins—a flavonoid that counters the build up of plaque and improves cardiovascular health. I have even better news for my fellow ladies. Studies have shown that blueberries (and strawberries for that matter) may be particularly beneficial to the heart health of women. Sorry, gents.

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3. Cancer Prevention

The aforementioned anthocyanins apparently enjoy multitasking because they’re also helpful for cancer prevention. This, along with the antioxidants within blueberries, help to stop the growth of cancerous cells. Once again, they also seem to favor us ladies. In fact, inhibition chances in women can be as high as 50%. As such, blueberries should have a particular and purposeful place in your diet.

4. Bladder Health

Most women would know that cranberries are renowned for helping to alleviate UTIs, however, blueberries work just as well. This is because they contain the same substances and compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the wall of your bladder. Furthermore, blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which help to reduce the symptoms of UTIs. That’s right folks, no more sitting on the toilet for an hour at a time because you can’t be bothered to keep running to it every five minutes.

5. Brain and Memory Function

Yep, blueberries literally are ‘brain food.’

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Studies have shown that blueberries can be immensely beneficial to maintaining healthy brain and memory function, particularly in older adults. In fact, research conducted at the University of Cincinnati showed that older people who were given blueberry juice performed better in memory tests than those who were fed placebos.

Blueberries also help to prevent inflammation that’s linked to age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

6. Digestion

Blueberries are high in fiber, which is needed for proper digestion. Because I’m classy, I should also point out that this means that it can assist with constipation. If that wasn’t enough for you, the copper, sodium and fructose also help aid your digestion.

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7. Weight Loss

Blueberries are great for weight loss, and not only because they’re clearly not a chocolate bar.

(Side note: dark chocolate and blueberries actually taste amazing together.)

Research has shown that those with a blueberry-rich diet tend to have less abdominal fat than those that forgo it. In addition, the fruit contains carbohydrates, which we know help to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer. As such, you don’t feel the urge to overeat.

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8. Skin Care and Anti-Aging

Antioxidants are once again coming to the rescue on this one. They neutralize free radicals and therefore prevent cells from being damaged and unable to repair themselves. This means that your skin is going to look younger and healthier without the help of Photoshop!

9. Immune System Health

Blueberries contain high levels of vitamin C, which has a range of benefits, including keeping your immune system healthy. In fact, one serving of the fruit contains roughly 25% of your daily requirements of the vitamin.

10. Hair Care

One of the other benefits of vitamin C is the pretty, pretty hair it gives you. Who doesn’t love a mixture of health and vanity? The vitamin stimulates the production of sebum follicles, which then works as a natural conditioner. Like antioxidants, the vitamin C in blueberries will also help to prevent hair loss by fighting free radicals in your body.

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Tegan Jones

Tegan is a passionate journalist, writer and editor. She writes about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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