It’s common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are extremely healthy for you. Certain fruits are in fact known as superfoods due to their numerous health benefits including helping to boost your longevity.
In one study, fruit flies were shown to live 10 percent longer when fed a regular diet containing blueberry extract.
Not only did the fruit flies live longer but they also showed improved levels of physical activity.
These enhancements arise both from increased tolerance of oxidant stress and from beneficial changes in the way certain important genes are expressed.
It was also shown that after supplementation with blueberry extract, these organisms lived an average of 28 percent longer, and the maximum life span increased by 14 percent.
The supplemented animals showed a 20 percent reduction in an age-related protein that impairs function, and vastly improved tolerance of stress in their environment.
In addition to extending the life span of whole organisms, blueberries and their extracts slow ageing in individual tissues, providing wide physiological benefits, said Lifespan.
The health site added: “Along with increasing all around longevity, blueberries can specifically decrease the risk of various degenerative diseases that reduce the human life spans.
“Blueberry extracts have many positive effects that may help you lose weight and keep it off.
“Studies show that animals fed blueberry extracts while on a high-fat diet had lower overall weight gain, and smaller accumulations of body fat, than control animals.
“Importantly, the loss of body fat is especially prominent in the abdominal areas and the liver; fat in those areas poses the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease and other life-shortening complications of obesity.
“Blueberry extracts promote sugar uptake into muscle cells, where it can be used as energy, rather than being stored as fat.”
Berries are not only superstars for brain longevity, they also help with keeping the memory sharp.
Studies have found that a group of healthy elderly people performed better on cognitive tests when ingesting a daily dose of wild blueberry juice.
Blueberries are packed with polyphenols, a group of compounds which includes anthocyanins, the nutrient that gives blueberries their colour.
Anthocyanins are powerful medicine for the brain as they reduce inflammation, help neurons communicate, and regulate how the brain utilizes glucose for energy.
Along with other antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, eating blueberries can increase your total antioxidant intake to help reduce premature ageing.
Blueberries are high in antioxidants which help protect the skin from damage and promotes skin healing.
Meaning blueberries help with keeping both your inside and outside glowing with good health.
From improving brain health, helping with weight loss, improve the ageing process and boosting longevity; it’s a no brainer that blueberries should be included in your daily diet.