Blueberry Health and Skin Benefits

A person once said that he would love his last meal on earth to be blueberries and another person soon followed by saying “you will never regret eating blueberries” and if that does not sum it all up then I don’t know what will.

Blueberries are superfoods that are filled with antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, potassium and vitamin C. They are native to North America where they grow in abundance from June to August. Ripe blueberries are mostly sweet and acidic in taste, otherwise unripe ones usually taste sour. Due to their convenient size, they are usually eaten in the ‘pluck and eat’ fashion but nowadays anything can be turned into a 7-course meal, blueberries can be also cooked, baked and blended into different forms. 

Health Benefits of Blueberry

1. Cancer Protection

Blueberry is a superfood which means it is filled with antioxidants, it has the highest quantity of antioxidants than any other fruit, and it is also rich in vitamins and minerals all the while being low in calories. They are packed with fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, carbohydrates and manganese. 

Progressive damage to our DNA is the main cause of us growing old and it also becomes a leading cause of developing many kinds of cancers. Cancer-causing free radicals are battled by folate and phytonutrients like vitamin A and vitamin C whose antioxidant properties reduce inflammation and halt the progression of tumours. It helps prevent cancers of the oesophagus, pharynx, uterus, colon, pancreas, prostate, mouth and lung.

2. Prevents Various Heart Conditions

The antioxidants present in blueberries can reduce levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol which predominantly reduces risks of developing several heart conditions and also helps regulate blood pressure. Fibre also contributes to regulating blood pressure and keeping heart health in check. Blueberries also contain anthocyanins that improve glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity and eliminate the risk of heart attacks. Vitamins B6 and folate particularly avert homocysteine build-up which can cause severe damage to the blood vessels resulting in developing serious heart ailments.

3. Improves Brain Functions 

The antioxidants are also responsible for helping ageing neurons which lead to developments in cell signalling which further slows the ageing process of the brain, thus improving memory function. It reduces cognitive decline and also helps increase short term memory and motor coordination. 

Skin Benefits of Blueberry

1. Fights Premature Ageing 

Blueberries are abundant in anthocyanins which gives them antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are responsible for fight off free radicals that cause cell damage. As age progress body’s defence against free radical weakens coupled with smoking, poor diet, pollution increases their production in skin cells, thus generating sign of skin ageing. Antioxidants in blueberries not only effectively prevent premature ageing of the skin but also boosts proteins like collagen and elastin that give structure to the skin, reduce wrinkles and skin sagging. 

2. Heals Wounds

Blueberries prompt healing of wounds due to the high volumes of vitamin C and K present in them. Oxidative stress and inflammation caused by skin damage are averted by antioxidants present in blueberries which results in quick healing of wounds. Antioxidants also treat itchy patches of psoriasis and eczema by reducing oxidative stress. 

An important fact that can save your life is that vitamin K regulates blood clotting and protects bone density in the body and people who take blood thinner are strictly advised to keep the intake of vitamin K rich foods like blueberries the same every day otherwise it will result in an increased risk of bleeding. 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries#TOC_TITLE_HDR_8

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/blueberry-benefits-for-skin#58.-Other-potential-benefits

https://www.livestrong.com/article/505655-the-side-effects-of-blueberries/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287710

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