They’re often labelled a “super food” but just how super are blueberries? The tiny little berries, often purple in colour,pack a punch! Blueberries are among the most nutrient-dense berries and of course one of the most delicious.
The berries are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, copper and manganese. They are low in carbohydrates and sodium – and are high in water content. They are also abundant in antioxidants, especially anthocyanin, which is responsible for their deep blue colour and powerful health benefits.
- Boostsskin health
Anthocyanin in blueberries is responsible for preventing oxidative DNA damage, while the abundance of vitamin C is a big factor in building collagen. Blueberries are therefore said to prevent wrinkles, age spots and acne. Additionally, they also prevent skin damage caused by dust, pollution, smoke and UV rays.The berries also contain water, which keeps skin hydrated, bouncy and looking young.
- High in fiber and antioxidants
According to the experts at House Call Doctor, blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Additionally, due to the high fiber content in blueberries, constipation is prevented.
A healthy amount of dietary fiberis also commonly recognized as an important factor in weight loss and weight management as it helps an individual to feel full, reducing appetite.Feeling fuller for longer can reduce a person’s overall calorie intake.
- Protectsheart health
The fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content in blueberries supports heart health. The absence of cholesterol from blueberries is also beneficial to the heart. Fiber content helps to reduce the total amount of cholesterol in blood and potentially decreases the risk of heart disease.
Of course, the health benefits of blueberries in relation to heart disease are limited unless combined with a balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise.
Finally, much to contrary belief, the darker the blueberries, the richer they are in antioxidants and other medicinal nutrients.So, next time you are at the shops look for the dark ones!