Individuals who suffer from digestive problems have the option of either taking medications, some of which may cause side effects, or trying more natural approaches. It may therefore be of interest to those who prefer alternative medicine to learn that scientists recently discovered the benefits of blueberries for inflamed intestines.
According to researchers from Lund University Faculty of Engineering in Sweden, blueberry fiber is not broken down in the large intestines and ends up excreted from the body. In the process, it carries inflammation-inducing substances with it, preventing them from binding with intestinal mucus.
Moreover, the scientists found that the benefits of blueberries were reinforced if they were consumed together with lactobacillus-rich probiotics.
Asa Hakansson, a doctoral candidate in Food Hygiene at the Division of Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry who collaborated in the study, explained that "probiotics proved to have a protective effect on the liver, an organ that is often negatively impacted by intestinal inflammations."
Previous studies have also found that blueberries may promote cardiovascular health due to their high antioxidant content, and protect from accumulation of belly fat and diabetes.