Blueberries: A Super Food For a Super Mood

Earlier this year I wrote a post about the possible link between processed food and health problems such as increased anxiety. 

If you eat foods such as processed meat, fried food, refined cereals, candy, pastries and high fat dairy products, you’re more likely to be anxious and depressed. However, if you eat a healthy diet rich in whole fiber-rich grains, fruits, vegetables and fish you can stay on an even keel.

There’s one particular fruit that’s been labeled a “super food”, because they’re bursting with health benefits. I’m referring to Blueberries.

What Are Blueberries?

Blueberries are a popular small fruit native to North America. They can be eaten freshly picked or used in a variety of recipes and can be purchased frozen.

Why Are Blueberries Labeled a “Super Food”?

Blueberries contain a plant compound called anthocyanin; this gives them their blue color and many of their health benefits. They also contain nutrients such as fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and numerous phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are natural chemicals or compounds produced by blueberries; they not only protect blueberries from insects and the sun they also function as powerful antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that protect cells against damage from disease linked to free radicals and inhibit the growth of many kinds of cancers. 

Are Blueberries Good For Mental Health?

It’s an interesting fact that when we’re feeling anxious and stressed our bodies crave Vitamin C and other antioxidants to help repair and protect our cells. 

I mentioned in a previous post about processed food being linked to poor health; some of the worst problems occur in the brain. Disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression and brain fog have been linked to inflammation and damage to the brain’s synapses.

Antioxidants in blueberries not only inhibit the growth of many kinds of cancer they also have antiinflammatory properties that improve brain health by reducing anxiety and depression. 

There was a study that examined the effects of oral vitamin C supplements on anxiety in a group of students. The study found that antioxidants are useful for both the prevention and the reduction of anxiety.

If you want to be either less anxious or anxiety free it’s recommended that you munch on this superfood.

What Superfoods Do You Eat?

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