Meet the Ingredients: Blueberries
I woke up craving blueberries today! So, I listened to my body and bought a bunch of blueberries. Hello breakfast. Our bodies are so intuitive so it is extremely important to listen to what it might be telling us.
Benefits of Blueberries
1. Powerful Anti-Aging Benefits
Blueberries help reverse damage done by toxins and free radicals and help your body defend itself against dangerous pathogens. Much of the research has linked this to the ability of proanthocyanidins to reverse inflammation, the #1 of chronic disease in the world. Many doctors and researchers believe that inflammation is the root of all disease! Inflammation causes heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
2. Major Brain Food!
Because they contain such a high amount of phenols, one in particular called gallic acid, blueberries are known as “neuro-protective agents.” This means that blueberries can literally protect our brains from degeneration, neurotoxicity and oxidative stress while promoting healthy brain function.
3. Destroys Cancer Cells!
Unlike radiation and chemotherapy strategies, gallic acid rich foods like blueberries can kill cancer without harming the healthy cells our bodies need to fight disease. The Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology published a study evaluating the anticancer effects gallic acid has on breast cancer cells. Like countless studies before, researchers discovered that blueberries and gallic acid slow and even destroys breast cancer.
4. Promotes Healthy Skin
The wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals found naturally in blueberries help restore hormone balance, which counteracts acne. Also, blueberries contain resveratrol which has been proven to reduce damage from over-sun exposure and can naturally darken your skin. Along with blueberry skin benefits, they have also been shown to heal macular degeneration and improve vision, ever wonder how blueberries look EXACTLY like an eye?!