Blueberries May Help Muscles Recover Faster
By Tom Herrin
If someone is looking for a dietary boost for their health, they may not have to look too far. The old style of meat and potatoes was once considered the way to go when we were a much less educated society regarding the foods we eat. Those were sometimes considered to be what would keep people healthy and supply the nutrients that could keep them going to carry out their daily routines. More recently, people have looked a little closer at the foods they eat and reflected on just what they desire to accomplish with their diet. One of the foods that has received quite a bit of attention is blueberries.
They May Protect the DNA
One of the key components in our longevity is the condition of the DNA material. When it is able to remain in better condition, people are generally able to live longer. DNA can be damaged by oxidation. In one study, the antioxidants in blueberries were able to help reduce oxidative damage to the DNA by 20 percent. That is a pretty significant amount.
They May Protect Brain Function
It seems that the antioxidants in blueberries can counter the oxidative stress that can happen in the brain. This stress can diminish brain function, causing the brain to age at a faster than normal rate. In one study, elderly people with mild reduction in mental abilities saw some improvement in brain function after drinking blueberry juice every day for 12 weeks. Somehow these antioxidants accumulate in the parts of the brain that are critical for intelligence.
They May Help Limit Damage to Muscles under Stress
We are all familiar with the fact that when our muscles are heavily taxed, we end up sore and fatigued. Most of this is basically from burning oxygen during the performance of some activity. Apparently antioxidants can help relieve some of this type of discomfort. Some of this is likely caused by inflammation, which may be helped by blueberries. In a small study, athletes who consumed blueberries experienced a faster recovery after strenuous leg exercises. The combined benefits of blueberries seem to make them a reasonable addition to a diet. They can be eaten in many ways. I like them for breakfast with milk and/or cereal. They are also great in salads. Be a little creative, and find some new uses.
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