The delicious juice extracted from blueberries is rich in beneficial properties and helps to keep weight under control
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Known mainly for their antioxidant content, blueberries are highly valued fruits for their sweetish flavor: they can also make a delicious juice, which has important nutritional properties. Let's discover all its benefits.
Cranberry juice is not particularly caloric in itself, but you have to pay attention to what you find on the shelves of supermarkets. Being rich in sugars, they provide a large amount of liquid calories, which often deceive the consumer and can be responsible for weight gain. Much better to prepare it at home, using a reduced dose of sugar to make it suitable even for those on a diet.
Indeed, blueberries can help you lose weight: an experiment conducted on guinea pigs, the results of which were published on PLoS One, showed how the juice extracted from these fruits, combined with a diet rich in fat, helps to reduce body weight and to reduce the accumulation of lipids. The drink is also rich in fiber, substances that increase the sense of satiety and promote intestinal transit, helping to deflate the belly.
Antioxidants, on the other hand, are associated with many benefits for our health. Cranberry juice is rich in flavonoids, among which anthocyanins stand out, plant compounds responsible for the characteristic blue color. Several researches have shown their role in numerous mechanisms: they act against free radicals, which represent a risk factor for many pathologies, and protect brain functions, delaying cognitive decline.
A study conducted on 93,600 nurses highlighted the action of anthocyanins to protect the heart: the researchers in fact noted a 32% reduction in the risk of heart disease. Antioxidants also help to keep blood pressure under control and decrease the levels of "bad" cholesterol in the blood, thus again playing a very important role in promoting cardiovascular health.
Cranberry juice also appears to reduce the risk factors for type 2 diabetes by decreasing the absorption of sugars and improving insulin sensitivity. Antioxidants protect DNA from oxidative damage, which causes premature aging and diseases such as cancer. Studies continue to search for evidence of the anticancer efficacy of blueberries, because the results are encouraging.
Finally, cranberry juice is considered to be one of the most useful natural remedies for preventing cystitis and urinary tract infections in general. This is thanks to the proanthocyanidins, which form a protective barrier in the bladder, so as to prevent bacteria such as Escherichia coli from adhering to it.