Superfood can be a bit of buzz word these days. You'll often hear it thrown into blog posts and insta snaps, but what does it really mean? And why are blueberries a superfood?
A superfood is used to describe a food whose nutrients provide health benefits above that of other foods. And blueberries are right up there with a host of benefits!
Now widely recognised as a true superfood, blueberries are low in calories, high in dietary fibre, high in Vitamins A, C and K, and high in Calcium too, but what makes them stand out is their potent antioxidant properties. Blueberries have more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds than most other fruit and vegetables!
The antioxidants in blueberries belong to the family of polyphenols called flavonoids which protect our bodies from free radical damage. Studies have shown that polyphenols may also protect us against heart-related diseases, diabetes, inflammation, osteoporosis, obesity and cancer...that's quite a list.
It has been discovered that when the polyphenols in blueberries reach the gut they may stimulate the growth of good bacteria as well as promoting the balance of good gut bacteria. It’s this process that is responsible for the health benefits.
This all sounds great but do you know what the BEST thing of all about blueberries is?
It’s their beneficial effect on the brain! Blueberries can help to keep your memory sharp, aid brain function and delay mental decline. Animal studies have shown that eating blueberries on a daily basis can slow motor coordination impairment, memory loss and reduce stress. Sounds like the ultimate brain food!
Apart from all these healthy benefits, blueberries are delicious, nutritious and in season right now!
You can eat them raw or cooked, toss them into salads, throw them into a blender with a protein powder, add them to smoothies, or top your favourite breakfast bowl with a handful of them. You can even eat them frozen: stirring them into a bowl of coconut yogurt makes for an instant, refreshing dessert on a warm day.
Don’t delay, get stuck into blueberries today!