They surveyed more than 2,000 people in 31 US states to see what they know about the health benefits of blueberries.
The researchers found that most people were aware of the benefits of blueberries in cancer prevention and lowering the risk of heart disease but they are less aware of the advantages of reverting aging, improving vision and memory. The study also revealed that low-income populations tend to know less about blueberry health benefits
"People being more familiar with blueberries as deterrents for cancer and heart disease may be related to the high general awareness of these two diseases," said lead researcher Shuyang Qu, doctoral student in agricultural education and communication, in a statement. "The fact that cancer and heart diseases are the leading causes of death in America may have led to more personal research related to preventing the diseases, leading to the respondents being exposed to these findings more than other benefits," Qu noted.According to Delhi based nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat, "Very rarely available, this berry has a ton of benefits. The primary one being the antioxidants present in these little berries. This delays the process of degeneration of nerve cells, which helps our memory. It also prevents the damage to our eyes caused by pollution and dust. A handful of them is good per day. Try and consume frozen blueberries if fresh ones aren't available and avoid the canned jams as they have added sugar in them. Incorporate them in your meal by adding them to salads or by making a smoothie out of them."