We’re not biased when we say that blueberries are a superstar among superfoods. These unique, sweet berries are revered around the world for their incredible array of health benefits and anti-ageing powers.
A handful of blueberries each day can do your body good in so many ways, thanks to their unique mix of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Here’s just a few of the exciting benefits your berry fix can offer…
They love your heart
A rich source of heart-healthy fibre as well as powerful phytonutrients, blueberries are a sweet treat for your ticker. Research has shown that blueberries can improve blood fat balance, lower triglycerides and protect blood from oxygen damage. Plus, eating the berries on a regular basis has been shown to support blood pressure.
They keep you smart
Forgetting something? Blueberries could improve memory and stave off cognitive decline. Harvard researchers analysed data dating back to 1974 and found that women who ate two or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week delayed memory decline up to 2.5 years. In 2010, US and Canadian researchers found that blueberries actually improved memory in adults suffering early cognitive decline. The study participants who drank 2-2.5 cups of blueberry juice daily for two months showed a significant improvement on memory and learning tests.
The berries are just as good for young brains, too – researchers from the University of Reading in the UK found that blueberry supplementation can improve cognitive function and cerebral blood flow in healthy young and elderly people.
They make you look good
A rich source of vitamin C, blueberries help plump and smooth your skin from the inside out. Vitamin C is one of the building blocks of collagen, which keeps skin youthful. The antioxidants in blueberries also work to protect your cells from free radical damage, keeping it firm and glowing.
They look after your peepers
The impressive cocktail of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in blueberries make this fruit a veritable feast for your eyes. Studies have shown that blueberries can help protect the retina from sunlight as well as oxidative stress.
They protect against disease
The beautiful blue colour of blueberries means they’re rich in anthocyanins – naturally occurring antioxidants that fight free radicals to give your whole body support in fighting cancer, heart disease and age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
They fight obesity and diabetes
If you want to slash your risk of type 2 diabetes or just want to cut down on sugar, blueberries are ideal. Eating the low-sugar, high-fibre fruit in its whole form was shown to significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in a recent study in the British Medical Journal. The results echo research in the Journal of Nutrition in 2010 that found that eating blueberries daily improved insulin sensitivity in obese and insulin-resistant men and women.