Benefits Of Antioxidant-Rich Blueberries
Here’s another reason to feast on those sumptuous blueberry cakes. Blueberries happen to be one of the highest sources of antioxidants, which protect the body against many diseases—skin conditions and cancer being the most prominent ones. But what makes antioxidants so special?
You must have come across the term ‘free radicals’ whenever you read about antioxidants. These are molecules that are the by-products of cellular processes and can often affect your cells and DNA negatively. This is where antioxidants come into play, as they have the ability to neutralize these rampant voracious free radicals by scarifying themselves. If your antioxidant support isn’t up to full strength, the resultant oxidative stress can produce an array of debilitating conditions. Sine blueberries are such good sources of antioxidants, eating about two cups of them each day can benefits you in many ways, such as,
Skincare Benefits: The antioxidants in blueberries protect the skin by limiting the production of free radical, which would otherwise cause damage to the skin cells thus triggering early signs of aging and other inflammations.
Brain Health: Blueberries are also touted to be a natural brain food that can aid in the reversal of short-term memory loss and other aging associated maladies. This is again linked to the antioxidants in them that benefit the nervous system and brain health.
Cancer Prevention: These berries are rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonols and tannins that prevent the growth of cancer cells. Several studies have found that they could help prevent the occurrence of colon and ovarian cancer.
Immune Builder: Along with the antioxidant Anthocyanin, blueberries contain vitamin A, C, B complex, and E, and copper that together make these berries effective immune builders that can fight against diseases and infections.
Here are a few blueberry recipes to get started with: