What Makes Blueberries So Healthy

Updated on 27. Dec. 2018
So healthy: Blueberries!
So healthy: Blueberries!

Blueberries are among the best that fruit has to offer. They are not only delicious but also full of valuable ingredients. EAT SMARTER reveals what it is that makes blueberries so healthy and why these little super fruits can even protect us against wrinkles.

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Blueberry season lasts from June to September, but fortunately for us, they are available year round in most grocery stores. No matter what the season, you should definitely bring some blueberries home on your next grocery run for you and your family. This way everyone can enjoy the many health benefits blueberries provide us.

Anthocyanin In Blueberries

Anthocyanin can help the body neutralize free radicals. The phytochemicals that give blueberries their deep blue color can also slow down premature aging of the skin. Blueberries can therefore actually help to prevent wrinkles. Additionally the biological substances contained in blueberries stabilize the body's vascular system and may even help to prevent cancers as found in some studies.

Small Vitamin Bombs

The vitamins C and E that are abundantly found in blueberries can make them into a real beauty food. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen. This basically smoothens the skin from the inside out. Vitamin E has also long been known as a beauty vitamin. Both vitamins are also known as antioxidants that fight free radicals and boost our immune system.

Low-Calorie Blueberries

Another thing that makes blueberries so great is how low in calories they are. 100 grams/ 3.5 oz. has only about 35 calories. Fun Fact: Wild blueberries are particularly healthy because they contain more essential nutrients than farmed blueberries.

Blueberries For Digestive Problems

In addition to anthocyanin vitamins and minerals, blueberries also have tannins. Tannins act against diarrhea and also help against the spread of bacteria. This accelerates the healing of mucosal inflammation. This effect is observed mainly in dried blueberries.

Storing Blueberries

Blueberries are extremely healthy, but they have to be stored correctly. The small berries squish easily, mold quickly and turn bitter. Fresh blueberries should, therefore, be eaten quickly or otherwise frozen.

Recipes With Blueberries

Blueberry drinks, blueberry muffins and smart blueberry desserts. Blueberries are extremely versatile and EAT SMARTER has recipes for any type of blueberry dish you could want!

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