As you may know, at LoRUSSo we love nice food, and use the more healthy ingredients in the creation process of our products and artisanal jams. Today we want to tell you about one of this ingredients in particular, the blueberry and its properties, and how sport lovers can use it to boost their performance.
Blueberry and its properties
Blueberry, despite of the fact it helps to prevent cancer and cardiovascular diseases, has a bunch of direct benefits for sport enthusiasts. At this article, we will see how this food not just will help us to mantain our body healthy and as an ally in our training.
These fruits, whose place of origin is not yet clear, belong to the genus Vaccinium, along with a dozen other berries – generic name – among which are, for example, blueberries.
Famous for their flavor, these fruits are still practically unknown in terms of their nutritional and healthy properties. Low in calories and rich in vitamins, fiber, iron and antioxidants, blueberries are presented as a great mood for athletes.
Why will blueberry jam help you in your training?
Provides you carbohydrates
One of the reasons why blueberries are so recommended among athletes is because of their high carbohydrate content. These are very important because they will nourish you with the energy needed for training.
Of course, not all carbohydrates are the same. The so-called fast-digestible carbohydrates, such as bread, soda or industrial pastries, will give you a light energy boost just before being digested and leaving your body.
On the other hand, slow digestion carbohydrates – such as those provided by blueberries – will stay longer in your body, helping you during the practice of sports, especially if you do resistance training.
It is rich in vitamins and minerals
Another of the benefits of blueberry is that it contains numerous vitamins and minerals, which are not only healthy for your body but also have a positive impact on physical exercise.
For example, blueberries are rich in vitamin K, which is crucial in blood clotting processes. To give us an idea, having low levels of this vitamin may make us more susceptible to bruising and subcutaneous contusions.
It will help you reduce stiffness
If you are an athlete, you have more than once experienced that feeling of the day after, when you can not even get up from the chair. Doctors call it “late-onset muscle pain (DMAT).” Yes; We are talking about the famous stiffnesses.
In addition to the benefits discussed above, one of the “star properties” of these fruits is their usefulness in reducing or avoiding stiffness. A study of a number of professional endurance athletes showed that the daily consumption of purple cranberries significantly reduced the effect of muscle fiber micro-fractures caused by this phenomenon.
So if you want to get better and get back on top for the next workout, including the blueberry jam in your post workout meal may be a good idea.
Contains lots of water
One of the best qualities of blueberry is its ability to provide your body with large amounts of water. In addition to fat and bones, our body is composed almost entirely of water. Thus, it is no surprise that our body will need large amounts of this element to give its best in sports.
Like all other types of berries, blueberries contain a large amount of water with respect to their volume. Thus, your intake will help reduce our thirst sensation, as well as prevent muscle cramps and fatigue. Needless to say how important this is when it comes to running down a path, climbing a hill or pedaling along a path.
Benefits of consuming blueberry jam for health
Blueberries are one of the most complete fruits (or fruits of the forest) as far as nutritional composition is concerned. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins and flavonoids, and in return do not bring too much caloric load.
On the other hand, several studies predict that blueberry can prevent or alleviate disorders such as senile dementia, cardiovascular disease or even intestinal cancer, so it will be important to consider this food in our daily diet.
All these properties make the blueberry jam an essential food in our diet. If you found this article interesting, we encourage you to share it on social networks with your friends.
Have you tried our blueberry jam? If this is not the case, we suggest you take a look at our homemade jams made with 80% fruit from small farmers who cultivate with care and mime, and organic brown sugar, 100% natural, without preservatives or colorings.