We’re eating so many blueberries at the moment we feel like we’ll turn into Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Worse things could happen – blueberries are so packed full of health-boosting nutrients that we’ll take the chance.
Often named as one of the best superfoods, blueberries contain a type of flavonoid known as anthocyanins which give foods a deep blue, purple or red colour (they are present in cranberries, red cabbage and aubergines as well). These anthocyanins, along with the high concentration of anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin A, are believed to be the source of most of the health benefits in blueberries and can help to:
Maintain healthy bones
Lower blood pressure
Prevent heart disease
Prevent premature wrinkles
Improve brain function and memory
Many research studies have been conducted into the health benefits of eating blueberries, with fascinating results. The main health benefits arise from the high levels of anti-oxidants in the fruit, specifically the flavonoids, which help to protect our cells from damage by free radicals which causes disease and premature ageing. Check out this article here which details twenty health benefits of the tiny superfood.
Another great benefit of blueberries is that they are low in calories so they are a great fruit to incorporate into your daily diet without the fear of gaining weight. They can be eaten as a delicious snack on their own or incorporated into your meals or snacks throughout the day. Throw a handful on your porridge or in a smoothie, mix with yogurt for a healthy dessert, whip up some healthy blueberry pancakes or even sprinkle a few on top of scrambled eggs – believe us it works!