Blueberries – Superfood, the foods that not only taste fabulous but have amazing benefits for you and your loved ones.

I love popping the little blue balls of goodness into my mouth as a healthy snack, but most of all of course as a naughty treat, both my son and I love blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins or cupcakes.

Apart from how yummy they taste; Blueberries are truly amazing fruit. So, this is why I decided to do my first superfood blog on blueberries.

 

Blueberries facts?

 

According to research half a cup of blueberries can provide as many antioxidants as five average servings of broccoli, apples or carrots. If you need to boost your immunity eat blueberries three to four times a day. So, it makes it an amazing remedy for the treatment of coughs and colds. They get their colour from anthocyanins, these are beneficial plant pigments which give fruit and veg their deep red, purple or blue hues this is a potent antioxidant.

 

  • Why blueberries are so good for you?

 

  • Blueberries are the number one fruit for helping to protect cells from free radical damage and aging. So yes, sisters they help to keep us looking younger. 
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  • Slows the growth of prostate cancer and other cancers as it is full of concentrated proanthocyanin compounds. In a recent study by taking blueberry extract, it can slow the growth of cancer cells for prostate cancer.
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  • As we get older it can help to improve our memory by working with the nervous system. Studies have shown it can increase levels of dopamine which is a vital neurotransmitter which then helps to improve memory, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
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  • As blueberries contain anthocyanins which are antibacterial antioxidants, which can be effective against stomach disorders. These little magical blue balls, also helps to combat bacteria which causes stomach upsets and  diarrhoea.
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  • A compound called Anthocyanins can help to improve our eyesight by protecting against retinal degeneration. Therefore Blueberries can also help to prevent glaucoma due to its collagen enhancing properties.
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  • If you have ever suffered from cystitis and ladies most of us all have in our lifetime, recent studies have shown that it helps to treat urinary tract infections.
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Fresh or frozen?

Both are just as good; however, I always prefer to use fresh. If you can add half a cup of blueberries to your diet each day, you will be able to get all it’s amazing health benefits.

 

 

Best way to use them:

Blueberries can be used in so many different ways, they truly are a versatile superfood! Mine would be, of course, to use them in a naughty treat. However there are many heather options to use them that keep their benefits and keep them tasting great;

Tea – by using the leaves

Smoothie – frozen berries are best with some protein power.

Breakfast – sprinkle them over some live yoghurt or over muesli.

Fruit salad – mixed with other fruit, like strawberries, banana’s, grapes and kiwi fruit.

 

So sisters, stock up on some blueberries today and enjoy all their amazing health benefits. 

In other posts and on our nutrition page we will be sharing more facts and interesting facts about other healthy foods, superfoods and healthy based proteins to suit all diets. 

Love and hugs, 

The Unicorn xxx

Facts have been based on the the book healing foods by Neil’s yard where you can find a series of interesting foods and other holistic therapies to bring more balance and harmony into your life

The Crow

The Crow

I love Blueberry’s as well, one of my favourite recipes is overnight oats. Anyone who has been slimming in the last few years has possibly seen the explosion of overnight oats. My favourite recipe is one from Two Chubby Cubs, I love these guys and their recipes so especially if your following a calorie restricted intake they are worth a look! 

 

Two Chubby Cubs recipe for Lemon and Blueberry overnight oats. 

 

Love and Blessings, The Crow. 

 

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