Imagine a superfood powerful enough to help heart health, bone strength, skin health, cancer prevention, blood pressure, diabetes management, and mental health. Did we mention that there are no side effects? You're probably wondering how to get a lifetime supply. Guess what? This superfood is available right now in your local grocery store, and in our favourite snack 😉
Blueberries are the superfood you deserve and they are in peak season right now.
7 Blueberry Benefits You Might Not Know:
1. Heart Health
Blueberries are a rich source of polyphenols, which are micronutrients that help reduce the buildup of “bad” LDL cholesterol in our arteries, which may lead to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Additionally, the fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6 content in blueberries supports heart health.
2. Bone Strength
Blueberries contain iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. Each of these is a component of bone. Consuming these vitamins and minerals regularly contributes to building and maintaining bone structure and strength, as well as maintaining the elasticity of bones and joints.
3. Skin Health
Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins that not only give them the deep colour blue, but combat free radicals from sun exposure, which can cause damage to our skin over time and speed up the aging process. Blueberries also contain significant amounts of zinc and iron, both skin-friendly elements.
4. Cancer Prevention
The cancer-fighting agents found in blueberries, anthocyanins and resveratrol, have been found to reduce the abnormal cell growth that fuels cancer development. Additionally, the high amount of antioxidants in blueberries protect the body from cell damage that could lead to skin cancer.
5. Blood Pressure
Anthocyanins can also improve the function of endothelial cells in the body. These cells line the inner surface of blood vessels and help with blood flow and blood pressure regulation.
6. Diabetes Management
Blueberries are fantastic for diabetes management because they're low GI and packed with all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals mentioned above. The high fibre content helps with improved blood sugar, lipid, and insulin levels.
7. Mental Health
Blueberries can deliver a dose of happiness by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. The high vitamin C content is also helpful for fighting the negative effects of stress. Research has shown that blueberries can also improve cognition, motor control and enhance neuroplasticity.