09 May The Antioxidant King
The next superfood that we are going to explore is the blueberry. The fruit is quite small and has a dark bluish purple colour to it. The berry is a must for anyone who is looking into living a healthy lifestyle. The berry is mostly made up of water with about 84% of the fruit being composed of water. The one big downfall of consuming a lot of fruits is the high-calorie intake that occurs due to the sweetness of the fruit, but this dark purple superhero has only about 84 calories for every single cup. That is an immensely low amount of calorie intake when compared to other fruits.
The fruit sits on a pedestal with a crown when it comes to antioxidants. If you are looking to detox your body, then the first item on your list should be blueberries. There are a number of antioxidant components present in blueberries, but the most important on is flavonoids. Flavonoids are essentially a form of polyphenols that aid in increasing antioxidant capacity within the body. A fun fact is that this tiny superhero has the highest amount of antioxidants among all consumed fruits and vegetables.
DNA damage is one of the major causes of ageing and cancer. To put things in perspective, say you are 24 years old, but your skin looks like it belongs to someone who is 30 years old. Well in that case adding blueberries to your diet can greatly tip the scales in your favour. A recent study even found that DNA damage that was caused due to free radicals was reduced by 20%. The study is significant in proving that the consumption of blueberries can greatly influence the ageing process and occurrence of cancer in human beings. The breakthrough is especially important to those who rely on naturally occurring products over pharmaceutically enhanced products that tend to have a number of side effects. The dark purple superhero combats free radicals and nullifies them thereby preventing considerable DNA damage without leaving any form of residue that can greatly impact the chemical composition of the body.
One of the greatest super-villains that are terrorising this world is high blood pressure. There are a number of ways to combat high blood pressure, but small gains are very significant when it comes to controlling blood pressure. A recent study threw light on the effect of blueberries on blood pressure; blueberries were able to decrease high blood pressure by 4%-6%; the numbers might look small, but in reality, those levels are immense for naturally occurring products.
It is no surprise that the best things come in small packages.