Blueberries are delicious and sweet, but did you know they are also great for your heart health? In fact, blueberries are very much appreciated for their high antioxidant value among fruits and vegetables. They contain anthocyanins, which are part of a subclass of flavonoids and give blueberries their blue color.
These antioxidants help fight plaque buildup, fight free radicals and improve cardiovascular health. The long-term consumption of high levels of anthocyanins is associated with a reduced risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) in young and middle-aged women ( 1 ). In fact, another study conducted by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has revealed that “the daily consumption of blueberries improves blood pressure and rigidity. in menopausal women with stage 1 hypertension “( 2 ).
These antioxidants are also known for:
- Improving memory
- Reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Promoting digestion
- Preventing Cancer
Blueberries make an excellent snack with only 80 calories per cup. They are rich in fiber, which helps you stay satiated and improves digestion. 1 cup also contains about 25% of your daily intake of manganese ( 3 ).
37% of people are deficient in manganese, which can contribute to infertility and bone malformations ( 4 ).
Manganese helps the body to form connective tissue, bones, blood coagulation factors and sex hormones. It also plays a role in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, the absorption of calcium and the regulation of sugar in the blood. Manganese is also necessary for cerebral and nervous functions. ( 5 )
How to grow blueberries indoors
Purchasing blueberries can be quite expensive even if you do not buy them bio. If you want to add blueberries to your diet without breaking the bank, here are two ways:
- You can buy frozen blueberries.
- Learning to grow blueberries
If you choose option 2, be sure to select a variety of blueberry that grows well, such as blueberries “top hat”.
It is also important to monitor soil pH levels and to ensure that they remain between 4.5 and 5.0.
When selecting the pot, remember that bilberry roots are shallow and give priority to a wide, shallow pot.
To make sure your plant does not drown or that mold does not start growing on its roots, plant it in a pot with drainage holes.
- Fill the container to two-thirds with acidic soil.
- Carefully stir the producer’s plastic pot to take the plant out of its pot.
- Center the myrtillier in the pot, and add potting soil between the plant and the edges of the pot.
- Use your hands to apply firm pressure to the potting soil to keep it in place when watering your plant.
- Water well and add more potting soil if needed, do not “grub” the base of the shrub with mud.
- Spread 2 to 5 cm of acid mulch as pin needles on the surface.
- Place the Myrtleberry Tree in a sunny spot with at least six hours of sunshine a day.
- Pick your berries and enjoy!