Blueberries are a common fruit choice, especially in the summer. They’re super easy to add to breakfast meals like cereal, oatmeal, or smoothies, even desserts sometimes! What’s even better is that they’re also loaded with health benefits, particularly vitamin K. According to Healthline, 1-cup of blueberries amounts to only 84-calories, 3.6-grams of fiber, and puts a good dent in the daily recommended amount of vitamin c, vitamin k, and manganese.
Similar to other berries, blueberries contain the antioxidant polyphenols, also known as anthocyanins. This is where a lot of their great benefits come from because research shows that anthocyanins may reduce oxidative stress and reduce the risk of heart disease. Healthline writes, “blueberries may improve other aspects of heart health by lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in the blood, reducing the risk of heart attack and enhancing the function of arteries.” Want one more? Studies have shown they could also reduce the risk of diabetes, contribute to slower rates of cognitive decline and keep the brain healthy as we age.