Eat this it is good for you! Eat that, it is good for you! You must eat this for your health! We have heard this from early childhood every single day of our lives from our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, doctors, television hosts, and the list goes on and on. Millions of books are published every year telling us what we should eat and even when we should eat it, how it should be prepared. It begins to boggle the mind. However, consumers, producers and even scientists and nutritionists agree that blueberries are good for you in a variety of different ways.
Let’s start with what exactly is in a blueberry that has so many benefits.
Pterostilbene, (pronounced tear-oh-STILL-bean) is a naturally occurring chemical in berries and nuts. Blueberries are packed with it. It has a cousin, Resveratrol that is found in grapes. While Resveratrol is very good for you, it only stays in the body about 15 minutes. So the health benefits are short lived. Pterostilbene, on the other hand, has the ability to cross cell membranes and hang out in our bodies for much longer. This naturally occurring chemical is a powerful antioxidant. This antioxidant is great for helping your body fight against diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer. It also improves our skin, helps fight against aging and is a natural anti- inflammatory, and helps to lower our blood pressure. Also, the Pterostilbene increases its potency when combined with vitamin D. So sitting in the sunshine, while enjoying blueberries, will increase the health benefits. Unfortunately, Pterostilbene does not survive the wine making process, so blueberry wine might make you happy but you will not get the incredible health benefits of it.