Around 17% of Sweden’s surface area is covered by bilberry. The late summer is the time to pick blueberries and thus get a free health boost. These are the benefits of blueberries.
Forget blueberry soup and blueberry products available in grocery stores. They often contain only a few percent blueberry and is instead mixed with “cheaper” berries and fruits. In fact, at the right time of the year, the forests are full of blueberries – all for free.
Folk remedy for stomach problems
Blueberries have for a long time been recognized as useful, and previously they sold the berries at the pharmacy. One of the main characteristics of blueberries is an effective relief of diarrhea. The best effect is achieved if you eat the berries dried or make tea from the leaves.
Keeps the brain young
Experiments conducted on rats have shown that blueberries could make the brain to age more slowly. Two groups of rats were tested, one was feed with 1-2% blueberries, strawberries, and spinach, while the other received regular food. After 8 weeks, the measured mental function in the brain was tested, and among the rats that ate the blueberry, diet appeared their brain younger.
Keeps the rest of the body young too
Not only the brain is positively affected by the blueberry, but also the rest of the body. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and contain three times more than other foods rich in antioxidants such as tea and red wine.
Antioxidants prevent the aging of the cells. In addition, the berries stimulate cell renewal, purifies the blood, improves vision and improve circulation.
Besides the antioxidant, blueberries contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Think about that big and strong bears get most of their nutrition from blueberries. No reason to hesitate, right?
Hope this got you motivated to make your way in the forest and look for the “blue gold”!