It’s no wonder blueberries are considered a superfood; they help us glow! These little berries are rich in anthocyanins, a powerful type of antioxidant. Anthocyanins are a blue flavonoid giving the berries their dark blue coloring and contribute to the high antioxidant activity. Anthocyanins inhibit the breakdown of collagen. Beginning in our twenties we begin to lose about 1% of our collagen per year and as much as 30% during the first 5 years of menopause, so, it is super important to fuel your skin with the nutrition it needs to maintain your collagen and fight premature aging.
Vitamin C and Blueberries
Vitamin C is another great antioxidant found in blueberries. Like anthocyanins, Vitamin C also fights the breakdown of collagen by reducing oxidative stress and helps reduce the appearance of sunspots.
Blueberries For Overall Skin Health
Blueberries have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory components making them a great source for overall skin health, especially acne. There are two hydroxycinnamic acids in blueberries with some amazing skin benefits. Ferulic acid acts like sunscreen from the inside by protecting the cells from UV radiation. Coumaric acid has anti-inflammatory properties that protect capillaries from damage. This antioxidant can diminish the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
Fight Premature Aging
Antioxidants are the key to anti-aging, making blueberries a top food to include in your diet. The jury is out on the amount you should include in your daily diet, but many suggest a cup a day.
As for blueberry recipes, I sadly have none. I’m allergic to them [little tear is running down my cheek]. But I promise I’ll have the Lifted team post some great ones on our Eating Beautiful Facebook group.
Anti-aging, acne, sun-seekers, everyone (as long as you’re not allergic)