We recently posted the perfect recipe for frozen blueberry lemonade in our Evachill drink ideas series. This, of course, gave us an excuse to buy loads of blueberries and experiment with different quantities to perfect our recipe.
Now Evachill HQ can’t get enough of delicious blueberries. So much so that it’s inspired us to look into the health benefits of blueberries to make sure that eating copious amounts is actually good for us!
We know that blueberries are considered a superfood and are valued for their high levels of antioxidants. But what are the less well-documented reasons why we should eat blueberries?
10 surprising reasons why blueberries are good for you
1. Blueberries help you lose belly fat. Blueberries contain catechins which are a type of natural phenol and antioxidant. These catechins activate fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells to help with weight loss. Catechins work so well that research at Tufts University found that ingesting them increases abdominal fat loss by a massive 77%.
2. Blueberries help protect the brain against toxins. Blueberries contain proanthocyanidins which are a group of plant nutrients. Proanthocyanidins can protect the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage caused from environmental toxins.
3. Blueberries can reverse memory loss and reduced motor skills caused from old age. Researchers carried out studies on animals and found that when the subjects were given an extract of blueberries they performed significantly better on memory tests. They concluded that it was due to a compound found within the blueberries that was responsible for reversing this.
4. Blueberries strengthen your immune system. Blueberries have super high levels of vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. These are really good for your body and give you protection against immune system deficiencies.
5. Blueberries have anticancer capabilities. Blueberries are full of the phytonutrients ellagic acid which has been proven to increase the rate in which the body seeks out and destroys harmful or damaged cells, like cancer cells.
6. Blueberries can reduce the likelihood of developing allergies. Blueberries contain lots of the phytonutrient quercetin. This reduces the probability of your body developing allergies and can lessen the severity of existing allergies.
7. Blueberries can make you feel happier. Blueberries increase the brain’s production of the feel-good chemical dopamine. It’s thought that boosting your dopamine levels can help treat depression and aid in weight loss.
8. Blueberries are great anti-inflammatory agents. Heat-shock proteins are compounds that tend to decrease as people age. This results in inflammation and damage, most specifically in the brain. Research has proven that regularly eating blueberries increases the number of heat-shock compounds and reduces inflammation.
9. Blueberries reduce wrinkles. As we’ve mentioned, blueberries are an incredibly rich source of proanthocyanidins. Not only can proanthocyanidins help protect the brain from environmental toxins but they can also reduce free radicals levels that are associated with aging. This means you can wave goodbye to wrinkles.
10. Blueberries can help to reduce pain. Blueberries contain a natural version of aspirin called salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has been proven to reduce pain.