The season of blueberries - a real treasure of vitamins - has begun. It can be eaten fresh, with sugar, added to desserts, or with tea. Even dried berries do not lose their beneficial properties. Anyone who cares about their health and beauty should definitely include blueberries in their diet.
The huge advantage of this berry is that it is very tasty and low-calorie, so you can (and should!) Eat it in handfuls. Blueberries have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular and genitourinary system, strengthens the immune system and improves vision.
This berry is also very good for your skin. And that's why:
Blueberries help fight premature aging
Blueberries contain many plant compounds with powerful antioxidant properties, such as anthocyanins, which give the berry a purplish blue hue. Antioxidants neutralize the oxidative effects of free radicals, unstable molecules that enter the body from polluted air. The older we get, the more the body's ability to fight free radicals weakens, which has a very negative effect on the skin. Consuming blueberries daily along with other antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits helps reduce the signs of aging and improves skin quality.
Improves blood circulation
Scientists believe that consuming blueberries regularly improves heart health and blood circulation. One cup of blueberries a day (148 grams) will help improve the body's ability to provide the skin with nutrients and oxygen to the skin by speeding up cell metabolism.
Boosts collagen levels
Anthocyanins support the synthesis of collagen, which is involved in the “building” of joints, bones, tendons, hair, nails and skin. Studies have shown that applying this substance to the skin promoted the increase in collagen.
In addition, this berry is very rich in vitamin C, which also plays an important role in collagen production. One cup of blueberries per day (148 grams) provides 16% and 19% of the daily vitamin C requirements for men and women.
Promotes wound healing
If you have cuts or minor burns, you should eat blueberries more often. This berry contains vitamins C and K, which are essential for wound healing. In addition, damaged skin is inflamed and undergoes oxidative stress when the amount of free radicals exceeds the amount of antioxidants. As we recall, blueberries also have an antioxidant effect that promotes faster healing.
Important! Never apply blueberries to open cuts or burns, as this can lead to bacterial infection.
Helps Get Rid of Acne
Blueberries are a source of low glycemic carbohydrates that are beneficial in reducing inflammation. While there hasn't been any research on the ability of blueberries to fight acne and acne, a diet high in fiber and the antioxidants found in blueberries is known to help cleanse the skin. In addition, fiber helps maintain a healthy gut microbiome, which also affects the skin.
But in any case, do not use blueberry masks to treat acne, this can only worsen the skin condition.