Blueberries are small blue or red globes, which are very popular due to their taste and to their great health benefits. These berries are native to North America, where they grow along the forests and mountain regions of the USA and Canada. There are approximately 30 different species of berries, which grow in different regions, and they are a very popular fruit in countries of the northern hemisphere, as well as in some European countries, such as Germany, France, Italy and England, where consumption is a tradition. Fresh blueberries are a popular summer treat. They have a sweet flavour, and they are succulent and nutritious.
Blueberries can be eaten freshly picked or incorporated into a variety of recipes. They can also be purchased frozen.
Blueberries help improve the cognitive function, increasing the speed to process information, maintaining alertness and decreasing memory loss. They are considered one of the best antioxidant foods.
Blueberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, a helpful ingredient for collagen formation and to maintain healthy gums and hair. They have antibacterial properties that help prevent urinary tract infections or cystitis. They are a rich source of phytonutrients called flavonoids kaempferol, which help prevent ovarian cancer in women.