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Colors on Your Menu May Improve Health

By Tom Herrin

Bland is rarely good for anything, especially when it comes to foods.  Not only can tastes be bland, but appearance can as well. The old meals with meats, white vegetables, and white bread were popular at one time.  Many people felt as if those old-time staples represented eating well. As people have become more educated, much of that thinking has changed. People now realize that colorful meals often indicate that there is a greater variety nutrients in those foods.  Blueberries can add color to any grocery list. They also provide some real help to our health.

They May Protect the Heart

Blueberries seem to have some properties that can reduce inflammation in the blood vessels, which can cause blood pressure to increase.  Higher blood pressure bombards the heart as it pumps blood through the body. This increased pressure places considerable wear on the heart, thereby increasing the chance of heart attacks.  In one study of more than 90,000 nurses, taking in large amounts of anthocyanin, which is the big antioxidant in blueberries, the risk of heart attacks was reduced 32 percent.

They May Help with Urinary Tract Infections

It is generally common knowledge that cranberries seem to help prevent urinary tract infections.  Blueberries contain some of the same active substances as cranberries. It is believed that these prevent some bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder.  While this is not a proven fact, all indications are that blueberries may be able to serve this same function because they appear to be a pretty diverse food with many beneficial properties.

They May Help Muscles Recover from Stress Faster

In a small study, female athletes who consumed blueberries experienced a faster recovery rate from the soreness and stiffness that occurred after stressing leg muscles.  This likely had to do with the anti-inflammatory nature of the blueberries. With all of these things combined, blueberries may be a worthwhile addition to the menu. They can be eaten with milk and cereal at breakfast, and make great snacks between meals because they are relatively low calorie. I always enjoyed them in pies and cobblers as a treat. Chances are your family can create a few more ways to enjoy them given the opportunity. Pick some up the next time you go to the market and see the results.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Land, Tex.


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