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Blueberries May keep Muscles in Better Shape

By Tom Herrin

People tend to look for a lot of miracle things.  It could be programs, pills, foods, or something else somewhere in between.  It is true that some things really do work well when used in accordance with the right kind of plan.  Blueberries seem to have risen to the top when it comes to healthy foods.  They have always been something that could be enjoyed in many various ways.  Blueberry muffins or pancakes have been pretty popular with a lot of people for quite some time.  In recent years, they have received much more attention as a healthy food.  There appears to be good reason for this.

They May Help Fend Off Diabetes

Blueberries have shown good results in helping to maintain blood sugar at healthy levels.  Apparently the anthocyanins in the blueberries are able to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar.  This may be particularly beneficial to those who have a tendency to have type 2 diabetes.  With the number of instances of this problem nationwide, anytime something can help it may be worthwhile to consider.

They May Help Prevent Heart Problems

The anthocyanins in blueberries, which are the primary antioxidant they contain, have shown great success in helping to battle several problems associated with the heart and circulatory system.  They seem to be able to help to lower blood pressure.  They also seem to be able to slow oxidation of LDL cholesterol which can do so much damage to the heart.  One study showed that when people consumed large amounts of anthocyanins, they had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attacks.  It gives us one more thing to think about.

They May Help Prevent Muscle Damage

Most of us have experienced fatigue and soreness in our muscles after stressful exercise, and we often consider it a natural part of the process.  But the amount of pain may not have to be quite so extreme.  Much of it is the result of our bodies literally burning oxygen in the process of normal cell function.  Some small studies have shown favorable results in faster muscle recovery when people have taken in more blueberries.  I have actually experienced this personally when taking in something containing more antioxidants when I have overtaxed my legs.  There may be something to it.  I always look for whatever I can to add to my diet that may improve health, especially when it tastes good.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goleta, Calif.

 

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