The Super Fruit.
Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods with the highest content of vitamins and antioxidants, which is why it is considered a “super fruit”.
Blueberries are a type of fruit that can be easily combined with other ingredients, not only in desserts and snacks, but also in first and second courses, which allows us to enrich our dishes with various types of vitamins. And the most important thing: in addition to having a sweet taste that both children and adults will like, consuming blueberries becomes a healthy habit for your body.
Let’s see what are the benefits that blueberries bring to our health:
Fives Health Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries contain a large amount of antioxidants; One of the most important that this fruit offers are Proanthocyanidins. These molecules are known to be potent anti-inflammatory agents. In this way, they help reduce the harmful effects of certain pathologies and injuries, making healing take less time to occur and require fewer resources from our immune system.
Thus, incorporating blueberries into the diet can make a difference in people prone to health problems characterised by frequent inflammatory reactions, such as muscle stiffness or pain.
The Proanthocyanidins, present in this food, are also important for the body because they have a great capacity to combat other phenomena and to improve health. Additionally, they appear to be helpful in reversing the aging process in several ways, including scavenging free radicals in the skin and other organs, to make skin look healthy and youthful.
- Prevents DNA damage
Oxidative damage can occur in our cells on a daily basis, and this oxidation is one of the reasons humans age. This is why antioxidants are so important. But oxidation can also affect DNA, and in this way mutations can occur, which in turn increase the risk of developing cancer. Research shows that consuming blueberries daily decreases oxidative DNA damage by up to 20%.
- Helps reduce fat
Blueberries are ideal for a healthy diet and for weight loss, as they contain a large amount of fiber and are low in calories. This makes this fruit a healthy alternative, which helps regulate intestinal function and helps you feel more satiated thanks to the fiber. In addition, there are several investigations that affirm that blueberries stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent fat accumulation.
- Improves the skin
Antioxidants combat the presence of free radicals in the skin, which can cause severe damage to this area of the body. The Phytochemicals and antioxidants present in blueberry make the skin look smoother and younger. In addition, it is possible to use this fruit as a mask to combat acne.
The blueberry can be considered both the plant with the scientific name Vaccinium corymbosum and the berry that this shrub produces. It is a product native to North America that has been cultivated by Native Americans for thousands of years, and for good reason: this food is a very good source of vitamins and antioxidants.
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Hannah Leblanc is a Canadian Chef who is passionate about cooking and baking. Leblanc learned basic cooking skills at home; then, she joined a cooking school in Montreal. As a teenager, Hannah began her career as a Baker at her father's bakery and served as head baker at several North-American and international hotels.