One of my favorite things about Spring is that it marks the beginning of blueberry season! I love blueberries and was so happy to discover that these tasty little berries are one of the most nutritious superfoods around. Blueberries are flowering indigo-colored berries that are sweet, long-lasting, and versatile. They are a great way to jazz up salads, smoothies, and gluten-free pancakes, cupcakes, or waffles. Not only are they a tasty and easy snack to have on hand, but blueberries are a powerhouse food with a wide range of benefits. Here are just a few:
1. High in nutrition
Blueberries are very nutritious. One cup contains four grams of fiber, 36% of your daily value (DV) of vitamin K, 24% DV of vitamin C, 25% DV of manganese and 15 grams of healthy carbohydrates.
- Low in calories
Although they are high in nutrition, they are low in calories. One serving of 148 grams of blueberries only contains 84 calories.
- King of anti-oxidants
Blueberries are often referred to as the king of antioxidants. They contain a high number of flavonoids that reduce the risk of various types of diseases and illnesses like cancer and heart problems.
- Promote anti-aging
This is one of my favorite benefits! Daily consumption of blueberries reduces the risk of DNA damage and the development of anti-aging symptoms.
- Fight various diseases and illnesses
Blueberries can help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and improve your memory and other brain activities.
- Workout partner
Blueberries are great for restoring and repairing muscle damage after hard workout sessions. Add a handful of them to your post-workout protein shake or smoothie.
- Help in losing weight
The fiber in blueberries helps you feel full, satiates cravings, and provides you with loads of long-lasting energy. Whip up a smoothie or throw them into some coconut yogurt for a light and healthy snack.
- Healthy digestion
Having a handful of blueberries as a dessert after your meal will help to improve your digestion and can prevent bloating and constipation caused by poor digestion.
- Promote clear and glowing skin
Blueberries promote clear skin. The high levels of vitamin C help reduce the damages of smoke, pollution and makeup. Try a blueberry face mask at home to help your skin regain its glow. Try this easy recipe:
- ¼ cup of blueberries mixed with one tablespoon of olive oil and honey.
- Blend them together till smooth.
- Apply for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water.
- Have luscious locks
The vitamins and nutrients in blueberries can help restore the luster and shine of your hair. You can even crush a handful of blueberries and add them to your hair oil as a hair mask. Apply, let sit for a few minutes, and rinse. Your hair will feel amazing.
- You are strong when your bones are strong
Blueberries contain magnesium, calcium, iron, and phosphorus that promote strong, healthy bones. Daily consumption of a handful blueberries may help repair damaged bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
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