I’m more passionate about blueberries than a girl should be.
I’m obsessed with ensuring I have enough to get my daily fix, which means that I always have at least one punnet in the freezer or in the fridge. At this moment in time I have about six. (In my world that equates to about one to three weeks supply.) All of this is coming from a girl that used to hate blueberries. What was I thinking? Thankfully my best friend and ex-housemate showed me the light (Hey Hannah). She forced them down my fussy throat, and I have never been the same. Blueberries are not just delicious, they’re tiny, juicy superheroes!
Here are a few reasons that you should sprinkle them in your porridge or smush them into your smoothie.
Blueberries’ super powers:
1. Super vision!
I have been blessed with many things in life (loving family, dream job, education etc.) but sadly 20/20 vision is not one of the gifts I was destined to have. I find glasses get in the way of my job and I hate the idea of wearing contacts, so imagine how excited I was to find a natural remedy that actually works! Personally I find that my vision improves when I regularly consume blueberries. I don’t believe it to be the placebo effect because better eyesight is hard to fake. There is some scientific backing that links the anthocyanins found abundantly in blueberries to improving night vision. In addition, blueberries contain lutein and zeaxanthin which can help protect vision through preventing macular degeneration and cataracts.
2. Cat-like recovery!
Blueberries are an amazing source of vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to help reduce muscle soreness after exercise due to its an anti-oxidiant action which gets rid of free radicals released during your sweat sessions. Although, studies have shown that high doses of vitamin C can impair sports performance. So I would recommend using blueberries post exercise sparingly, however if all you care about is relieving DOMs and couldn’t care less about body adaptation then go ahead, go cashews (private joke).
Blueberries are high in polyphenols. This means that (as well as other berries) are about to protect the cardiovascular system. Studies have shown that adding blueberries to the diet makes it possible to lowers the cardiovascular risk in obese men and women.
4. Brain power!
Iranian research has shown that phenols can prevent the brain cells from degenerating and protect from oxidative stress. Due to blueberries being extremely high in antioxidants (one of the highest food sources) improved cognitive function and memory are also associated benefits.
And there you have it my ode to blueberries. Have I inspired you to get some?