Health Benefits of Freeze-Dried Blueberries

 
 
DARK CHOCOLATE WITH FREEZE-DRIED BLUEBERRIES
 

The crunchy bits of delicious freeze-dried blueberries are artfully blended with fine dark chocolate to create the unforgettable taste and incredible health benefits.


Freeze-dried blueberries refer to the process of removing moisture from frozen berries. The removal of water occurs under a vacuum, by gently applying pressure that transforms the frozen water directly into vapor thus creating light and crispy berries. This process preserves the natural organoleptic characteristics of the fresh blueberries, like flavor, color, aroma, and nutrients.

 
SUPERFRUIT
 

Offering great health benefits, blueberries are classified as a "superfruit". Not only are they naturally low in calories, but also they are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to other fruits.

Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products of metabolism called "free radicals" that can lead to various diseases.

VITAMINS & MINERALS
 

Blueberries offer a complete range of vitamins and minerals that enhance all of the body’s systems. They include: vitamin A, C, E, K, B vitamins, manganese, potassium, copper, iron and zinc.

Vitamin C helps collagen formation and also maintains healthy gums as well as a healthy immune system. Together with vitamin A and vitamin E, they work as potent anti-oxidants, which help limit free radical mediated injury to the body.

Vitamin K is important for bone health and blood clot formation.

Vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

Manganese plays roles, including making new cartilage, healing wounds and boosting metabolism by pulling energy from carbohydrates and protein.

Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper and iron are involved in red blood cells formation.

 
 
 
PHYTONUTRIENTS
 

Blueberries contain a unique combination and wide variety of health support phytonutrients. They have significant amounts of anthocyanins, the substance that gives blueberries their dark, purple pigment. Blueberrries also contain hydroxycinnamic acids and hydroxybenzoic acids, flavonols, in addition to the unique, phenol-like antioxidants pterostilbene and resveratrol.

All of these phytonutrients function both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds in the body, and are responsible for many of the health benefits we get from consumption of blueberries.

 
 
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Anthocyanins
 

Anthocyanins - one of the most potent phytonutrients in blueberries. This super nutrient plays a critical role in the health of the vascular system. Anthocyanin improves the structure of veins, enhances capillary integrity, and stabilizes the collagen tissue in the body’s cells. It also helps the body to fight a variety of illnesses, including cataracts, glaucoma, ulcers, and heart disease.

In 2012, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health published an anthocyanin study in "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition." According to the study, consuming anthocyanin-rich foods, especially blueberries, drastically reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Anthocyanins may also help attack cancer-causing free radicals and possibly even block tumor cells from forming, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 
CARDIOVASCULAR BENEFITS
 

In studies of blood composition, blueberry intake has been shown to improve blood fat balances, including reduction in total cholesterol, raising of HDL (good) cholesterol, and lowering of triglycerides (fat). At the same time, it helped protect the blood components from oxygen damage that could lead to eventual clogging of the blood vessels.

Blueberry consumption has been shown to support healthy blood pressure. It has significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressures in individuals with high blood pressure.

 
COGNITIVE BENEFITS
 

Studies show that blueberries might turn out to be beneficial not only for improvement of memory, but for slowing down or postponing the onset of other cognitive problems frequently associated with aging. Research studies on blueberry intake suggest that a large part of this cognitive protection is most likely due to nerve cell protection from oxygen damage by blueberries' vast array of antioxidant nutrients. By lowering the risk of oxidative stress in our nerve cells, blueberries help us maintain smoothly working nerve cells and healthy cognitive function.

 
 

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