10 Benefits of Blueberries
I know a lot of superfoods do the rounds within the healthy eating community and blueberries are one of them. You may well be familiar with eating blueberries or they may well be new to you but either way do you ever stop to think of the real benefits of blueberries?
Blueberries are delicious and they are very good for, that is an understatement. These super nutrient dense berries are readily available all year around so read on for our top ten benefits of blueberries.
Force of Fibre
Fibre is a key element to healthy digestion and a well-balanced diet; blueberries are high in fibre and help to maintain a healthy digestive tract. If sluggish your digestive system can excrete bacteria, yeast and fungus through your skin which can result in bad skin, rashes, acne and blocked pores. However your increase of fibre intake through blueberries can help rid your digestive system of these ailments more naturally through excreta, urine and faeces.
As mentioned blueberries are high in fibre but interestingly, low in calories. This makes our blue super berry a perfect snack for those times in-between meals where you’re looking for something extra. If you are on a calorie restricted diet and looking to manage your daily intake then blueberries can be your friend. Blueberries are high in soluble fibre which slows down the course of digestion. In which case snacking on blueberries helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer and stay away from those treats in the office or at home.
Blueberries help lower cholesterol levels, but how so? Blueberries contain a compound named pterostilbene which can help to break down cholesterol and keep your arteries clear. Blueberries help to support liver function so much so that cholesterol gets moved along out of your system much more easily. You can still get these cholesterol fighting benefits by eating blueberries fresh, frozen or freeze-dried.
Free radicals within the skin can cause early signs of aging, not good if your hanging on to your 30s or 40s for dear life. Wrinkles, age spots and dry skin are all signs of aging but increasing your intake of blueberries may well help. Rich in antioxidants these super berries react with the free radicals and prevent them from causing further damage. Believe it or not a cup of blueberries can have up to 13,500 antioxidants as well as Vitamin A and C, so getting into the habit of eating a handful every day will do wonders for your skin.
Agony from Acne
If you are prone to acne or blemishes within the skins surface then blueberries can help. Blueberries are densely populated with salicylates which is the salt from salicylic acid. The salt is used to destroy dead skin, clean clogged pores and combat against bacteria on the surface acting as a very efficient treatment for and preventative measure against acne.
Yes, blueberries can stimulate hair growth because of its proanthocyanidins chemicals. Hair growth occurs when the dead cells are pushed out by the hair follicles because of the production of new cells. The chemicals found in blueberries stimulate hair growth by increasing the rate of this process.
Blueberries can prevent premature greying; going grey is associated with aging as over time the hair itself loses its pigmentation. Genes and Vitamin B12 deficiency are said to be the primary factors for this. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes a condition known as pernicious anemia, of which grey hair is a symptom, and yes you guessed it blueberries are a good source of Vitamin B12. Handfuls of this super berry on a regular basis can help prevent any deficiencies from occurring.
Present in blueberries are anthocyanins which have high vasoactive properties. To me and you that means that blueberries can help dilate or open the blood capillaries in the eye muscles which leads to increased blood circulation and better vision. Throw in a handful of blueberries into your breakfast smoothie to feel the benefits, although finding your car keys before work is still not guaranteed.
Blueberries can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by once again increasing the amount of anthocyanins in your body. As above, blueberries are high in the presence of anthocyanins which have been linked to improved cardiovascular health. As with your vison anthocyanins help with the dilation or widening of blood capillaries as well as helping with the breakdown of cholesterol. In turn this can unblock clogged arteries or even better prevent clogged arteries and reduce the possibility of a heart attack or stroke.
Those pesky free radicals mentioned above present in your body can cause damage to the DNA and produce malignant cells. Blueberries can lower the risk of cancer by being a rich source of antioxidants, these free radical fighting antioxidants obstructs further damage from being caused.
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