National Blueberry Month: Why the Blueberry is a Beauty Superfood!
We all love blueberries. Those sweet, bite-sized treats are versatile and delicious, but they are also among the healthiest fruits to eat for beautiful skin and a healthy body! More than 853 million pounds of blueberries were consumed in 2011, and there are so many reasons why.
Vitamins, Antioxidants Abound in Blueberries
It’s all about the blueberry’s powerful anti-oxidants. Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables and herbs. Just one serving of blueberries is a significant source of:
• Vitamin K
• Vitamin C
Vitamin C is especially important to keeping your skin fresh and youthful. Vitamin C is vital to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels. Blueberries are also rich in Vitamin K, a vitamin essential to building strong, healthy bones.
In addition to vitamins, blueberries are also rich in phytonutrients called polyphenols. These antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties lessen the inflammatory process believed to be the root cause of aging.
Maximize the Blueberry’s Antioxidant Power!
How can you maximize the blueberry’s antioxidant power? While blueberries make wonderful pies, they are most healthful when eaten raw. Try some blueberries with plain yogurt or in a homemade smoothie. Yum!
You may also want to consider buying organic blueberries. One study showed that organic blueberries have higher concentrations of antioxidants compared to conventionally grown blueberries. This simple swap to organic increases all of the antioxidants so important to preventing premature aging.
Contact our Albuquerque, NM Medical Spa
If you have questions about how to prevent premature aging, treat wrinkles or diminish acne, the skincare experts at AlluraDerm MD Med Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico can help. We provide free consultations to assist you in reaching your skincare goals. Contact us at 505-821-9630 today.