To look good on the outside, you need to eat foods that are good for you on the inside. The better you eat, the better you look. Ever heard the expression you are what you eat? For a healthy, youthful skin, foods high in antioxidants are a vital necessity in your daily diet. It’s no secret that blueberries are one of nature’s “superfoods”, known to enhance a healthy immune system, whilst helping skin maintain a smooth, youthful glow. There are myriad health benefits to eating blueberries – but what are they? Let’s take a look at some examples below:
Antioxidants protect our bodies from oxidative damage, which occurs when free radicals interact with cells. Free radicals are responsible for causing cancer, body cell decomposition, and premature aging; amongst other things. The body produces its own antioxidants, although how much depends on lifestyle, i.e. bad diet, smoking, air pollution. Even over-exercising can cause the body to produce free radicals.
We need to eat foods high in antioxidants to help our bodies “stamp out” the free radicals caused by cells in the energy-producing process.
Blueberries have the highest counts of antioxidants per serving of any fruit, according to the US Department of Agriculture. This makes them a force to be reckoned with when fighting disease and of course, helping skin fight the signs of aging.
Blueberries have a high content of Vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C is a mighty weapon in the fight against anti-aging and is also a powerful immune-boosting antioxidant. This makes blueberries a particularly attractive winter diet addition, in keeping those colds at bay.
Here’s a word you don’t hear everyday. It’s a pigment found in most dark red and black fruits and is instrumental in fighting disease. Interestingly, lab tests have shown that anthocyanins prevent fat deposit formation in the abdominal area. Lab mice who ingested anthocyanins exhibited a decrease in obesity-causing chemicals. Without getting too scientific, let’s just say this: If you’re working on flattening your stomach, eat your daily dose of anthocyanin-packed blueberries!
Maintaining a healthy body means have a healthy urinary tract, to facilitate the flushing out of toxins. A UTI is caused when bacteria attaches itself to the lining of the bladder. However, the anthocyanin pigment can prevent this, instead flushing the bacteria out when the bladder is emptied.
Although cranberries have the same UTI-busting properties, blueberries definitely taste better!
Anthocyanins have been shown to improve eyesight. Studies done in France and Japanshowed reduced eyestrain, minimised eye fatigue, and even improved night time vision in people who had ingested foods containing this pigment. It’s no wonder the Japanese have nicknamed blueberries the “vision fruit”
Medicinal qualities in food has almost certainly been overlooked by the quest for foods with anti-aging properties. The beauty of eating foods such as blueberries means that not only are you fighting the outward signs of aging, but you are doing your inner body the world of good too. Yes, they may be more expensive than other fruits, but what price are you willing to pay to make yourself fabulous, both inside and out?
Here’s a challenge: Make blueberries a staple in your daily diet going forward. Whether sprinkled over cereal, or blended up in a fruit smoothie, make sure you eat at least a handful per day. Try this for a month or so to see how you feel. I guarantee if you keep it up long enough, you will start to look and feel amazing. Such a powerful little berry with so much to offer!