These little blue balls of goodness aren’t just some simple decoration for your next fruit salad. These berries are a true treasure-trove.
Native Americans used to dry them and take them on long journeys. They believed the fruit to be sent from the Great Spirit to relieve hunger. They believed the leaves, used in tea, was good for the blood, and they used the fruit to help with coughs. The juice was also an excellent dye for baskets and cloth. Following their example, the early settlers added milk to the juice to make a gray paint to paint their homes and they also dried the berries for winter. During the Civil War, a beverage made with blueberries was an important staple for the soldiers.
- Blueberries are a great way to support the heart, blood and brain.
- They may even help the body rid itself of toxic heavy metals.
- Blueberries are well known as an antioxidant superfood full of the B complex vitamins along with vitamins C, A, D, E, and K.
- Blueberries help to support healthy vision.
- They are similar to cranberries, in that they may assist the body in stopping bacteria from attaching to the walls of the bladder.
- And since they are a high-fiber fruit, they may support normal digestive function.
So eating a handful of blueberries may be a great way to strengthen your body… and if you get any of that deep blue juice on your hands, maybe you could try your hand at finger painting.