4. Blueberries to reduce inflammation
To test the anti-inflammatory and recovery effects of blueberries, researchers at Appalachian State University recruited well-trained athletes and fed them about 9 ounces of blueberries daily for six weeks, plus another 13 ounces an hour before a two-and a-half-hour run. The results were impressive. In addition to a reduction in inflammation, blueberry eaters experienced a boost in natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell that plays a vital role in immunity. When fresh blueberries aren’t practical, reach for dried or freeze dried options to stash in your gym bag. Eating blueberries regularly helps fend off heart disease, cancer, brain aging, and much more. … Blueberries pack huge health benefits in a tiny package. Spring and summer are prime seasons for fresh blueberries. But there are good reasons toeat them all year, and a freezer can be a big help.