In celebration of National Running Day we wanted to share with you the Benefits of Blueberries for runners!
Blueberries have been proven to protect you on long runs. Physiologists from Appalachian State University gave runners a cup of blueberries daily for six weeks; a second group had no blueberries. Participants then ran for two-and-a-half hours. The results (published in May) show the berry-eating runners had more immune cells and less inflammation and oxidative damage before and after the run. Researchers believe anthocyanidins in blueberries are responsible for the protective benefits. The powerful anthocyanins in the berries actually protected them from the after-effects of challenging workouts and helped recovery If you are in training, eating a cup of anthocyanin-rich berries will help boost your performance and get you in shape for that marathon – or your next workout.
Check out these three Power Berry Smoothies that will boost your health!
Naturipe® Power Berry Smoothies
Blueberry Power Smoothie from myrecipes.com
Avocado and Berry Smoothie from Choosing Raw
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