Blueberries Can Help You Battle Your Bulge
Quick, what's something blue, sweet, healthy and a weight loss aid? If you guessed blueberries, you're spot on. These tangy, delicious morsels provide you with a pack-load of nutrients and can help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Blueberries and Metabolic Syndrome
Obesity typically goes hand in hand with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Blueberries have been found to make your body more sensitive to insulin and lower cholesterol, which helps halt metabolic syndrome in its tracks. They also contain lots of antioxidants, which help neutralize free radicals that can damage cells.
How Blueberries Affect Fat Cells
A 2011 study from Texas Women’s University found mice that ate a lot of blueberries actually had smaller, less effective fat cells. Fat cells make and store fat. Although some research indicates the numbers of fat cells in the body don't change, smaller fat cells are less effective at making and storing fat. Blueberries have high levels of polyphenols — chemicals that decrease fat development. They also contain catechins, which increase fat burning in abdominal fat cells and decrease abdominal fat.
Nutritional Benefits, Too
Although low in calories, blueberries are loaded with vitamin C and E, B vitamins, potassium, iron and manganese. They also have lots of fiber, which helps you feel fuller and aids your digestive health. And, of course, they're delicious. Add blueberries to smoothies, make blueberry pancakes or muffins, or just enjoy a bowl of these little blue powerhouses all by themselves.
At Metabolic Research Center, we believe that eating healthy whole foods is the best way to lose weight. Blueberries can be part of that program. We'll help support you in your weight loss goals; call us today.
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