It is not a state-of-the-art detergent for washing dishes, but its effect is similar: it eliminates grease. In this case, that of the body, which is what favors the onset of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. This is the blueberry (blueberry or blueberry), a fruit that, like other berries, can serve much more than complement the recipes of confectionery . Its properties make it a superhero since in addition to reducing fat, it helps to destroy microbes, fight infections and prevent the formation of tumors . Do not you dare to eat it?
You are asking yourself: “How is it that such a small fruit can be so beneficial to health?” The answer lies in chemical compounds very abundant in blueberry and many other fruits called polyphenols . His contributions to health have been the subject of study and the results of it presented at a congress of Experimental Biology of the American Nutrition Society, held in Washington, United States.
The researchers observed the effect of polyphenols at the molecular level in mouse tissues and found that they reduced the differentiation of cells not specialized in adipocytes (fat cells). In other words: they stopped the formation of fatty tissue.
One of the most promising aspects of this work is that, the more polyphenols were given to rodents, the greater the effects. Thus, the lowest dose produced a reduction of only 27% of the fat content, but this percentage increased to 73% when the highest ration was applied. However, those responsible for the study warn that the results are still preliminary and it is necessary to confirm their effects in humans.
The power of cranberry to combat overweight and obesity was already known, as well as what polyphenols represent , but it is still not known exactly how it is produced, what dosage is recommended or what people can benefit the most.
Nutrition specialists are very aware of the preventive role of these plant components. They affirm that when eating them, the oxidation that occurs in the organism is reduced through the processes of metabolism , which leads to the aging of the cells. In people with metabolic problems ( diabetes , hypertension , obesity …), this progressive deterioration is much more accentuated, so experts recommend including in the diet a number of foods rich in antioxidants, such as cranberry. It is paradoxical that despite its virtues, its consumption is not widespread. Consume them fresh, in juice and add them to desserts, mixed with natural yoghurt and even as a special touch in salads.
The cranberry: Should we eat more?
Most nutritionists estimate that there is no point in obsessing with those foods that become fashionable after the appearance of studies that illustrate their benefits. It is much more important to try to eat a balanced diet with a high content of fresh vegetables and fruits. Experts add that polyphenols are a great family and are not only present in the cranberry, but in almost all berries and red fruits.
Keep this in mind the next time you go shopping at the supermarket. The interesting thing is that the properties of these substances are increased by joining other compounds such as vitamin C , present in citrus, tomatoes, turnips, potatoes (potatoes), sweet potatoes, strawberries and melon ( cantaloupe known as English ) , or the carotenes you’ll find in carrots, squash, mangoes, apples and peaches (peaches), as well as green leafy vegetables. Both vitamin C and carotenes also act as antioxidants. Its benefits are not limited to fighting fat, but also act to combat the microbes and preventing the formation of tumors. And besides, like cranberry, they are delicious!