Aside from being perfectly sweet and delicious, the blueberries are also great for the health of your heart. Blueberries have high antioxidant properties. Namely, blueberries are rich in anthocyanin, which is part of a sub-class of flavonoids and it gives the blueberries their blue color.
These antioxidants are very beneficial for you, because they will help you to counter the buildup of plaque, fight free radicals and improve your cardiovascular health.
It is very important for you to know that the long-term intake of anthocyanin is associated with a reduced risk of myocardial infarction, or widely known as a heart attack, in young and middle-aged women.
According to another study, which was conducted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the daily intake of blueberries can improve the blood pressure and the arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women with pre- and stage 1-hypertension.
These antioxidants are also great for you, because they can:
- Improve your memory
- Reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Improve your digestion
- Prevent cancer
Nutrition value of blueberries
One cup of blueberries has only 80 calories, which makes them the perfect snack. Blueberries are also rich in dietary fibers, therefore they are excellent for keeping you full and they will also improve your digestion. Only a cup of blueberries contains about 25% of the daily value of manganese that you need to consume.
Manganese is very important for you, because it can contribute to curing infertility and bone malformation. Manganese also helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also improvesthe fat and the carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. However the most important thing is that manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function.
How To Grow Blueberries Indoors
Even if you are not buying the organic ones, buying blueberries can be really expensive. Here we will present you two ways to add blueberries into your diet, without bankrupting:
- You can buy frozen ones.
- Learn how to grow blueberries.
If you choose to grow your own blueberries, make sure to select the ones that grow well in pots, such as “top hat” blueberries.
Also you need to pay attention to the soils Ph. levels and make sure that they remain between 4.5 and 5.0.
You need to remember one thing when selecting a pot, blueberries have shallow root and they prioritize a short and large container, instead of a tall and narrow one.
The most important thing you need to remember is to make sure that your plant doesn’t drown or begins to grow mold on its roots. This is why you need to plant it in a pot with drainage.
- First of all you need to fill the container two-thirds full with an acidic soil mix.
- Now gently wiggle the plastic grower’s pot, which the blueberries came in, in order to release the plant from its pot.
- Next thing you need to do is center the blueberry bush in the container, filling in the edges between the plant and the pot with more soil.
- Then use your hands to apply firm pressure on the soil in order to prevent it from loosening up when you water your plant.
- Water well and add more soil if necessary, do not “choke” the base of the bush with dirt.
- Spread 1 to 2 inches of acidic mulch like pine needles on top of the soil.
- Finally place the pot in a sunny location with at least six hours of sun a day.
- Harvest your berries and enjoy!
Source: Natural Medicine Box
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