Many people are surprised to find that blueberries are considered a superfood along with spinach, grapes, green tea, acai, strawberries and other vegetables and greens that are A-listed primarily for their high levels of antioxidants. In fact, did you know that the blueberry is one of the most nutritious and powerful superfoods? It’s even considered a super star in this notable category of exceptional nutritional value.
Blueberries Are the Super Star of Superfoods
According to Dr. Perricone, one of the worlds foremost skin care experts, “Blueberry along with the acai berry have one of the highest known levels of antioxidants of any food.” Higher than red wine and green tea combined. It is full of amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.
Whole, fresh, organic blueberries are best for maximum nutritional value, but pure blueberry juice and combination blueberry and pomegranate juice can often be found at your local grocery store in the produce section.
Skin Care and Anti Aging Benefits
Blueberries have had many uses including as an extract that was used in ancient herbal and medicinal treatments for thousands of years. Many skin care treatments today use blends of blueberry extracts along with other herbs to help revitalize the skin and hasten healing.
These treatments have been clinically proven to decrease healing time for skin peels (especially deeper skin peels like the TCA skin peel). They have also shown marked ability at reducing scarring in wound and burn treatment, although more research is needed.
Dr. Perricone in his best selling book, The Perricone Prescription, states that for optimum skin care, one should regularly eat high antioxidant foods like blueberry, acai, pomegranate, and spinach. These foods with their high concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients, help slow and can even repair damage done by the aging process.
With the right diet full of antioxidant rich foods, one can significantly slow the development of wrinkles. A good diet along with a good skin care regimen can produce amazing results.
An effective, basic skin care regimen includes:
- Mild cleanser (no soap as it is too harsh and will dry out your skin)
- Moisturizer packed with antioxidant extracts
- Periodic llight skin peels to increase exfoliation and reduce oily build up (which can lead to acne)
- Use of a high SPF sun blocker
More Amazing Health Benefits
The leading medical colleges continue to research high percentage antioxidant extracts like blueberry for anti cancer properties and promising treatments. In clinical settings, there is evidence that these antioxidant rich foods do have a marked effect on several types of cancer.
In addition to anti cancer properties, the blueberry has shown a positive effect on protecting the nervous system, fighting heart disease, increasing cognitive function and reasoning, and enhancing muscle function and regeneration. Truly, the blueberry has many current and promising functions and, as one of the top superfoods available, should definitely be made a staple of every diet for overall health benefits, great skin care and improved longevity.
How to Eat Blueberries for Maximum Health Benefits
Most doctors and nutritional experts recommend that you eat blueberries at least 3-4 times a week; and if you want maximum benefits from this super star food, eat a one cup serving every day. Your younger looking skin and healthier body will thank you for it!