Blueberries are a true super food. These tiny, round berries are native to North America and have long been attributed to longevity and wellness. Naturally sweet and juicy, they are low in sugar, high in fiber, and packed with nutrients – they are truly one of the best food choices that you can eat!
Blueberries for Health
Their vibrant color indicates that they are full of antioxidants, including flavonoids and other phytochemicals. In fact, blueberries actually contain one of the highest antioxidant loads of any food on the planet! This plethora of antioxidants is beneficial because these special compounds appear to confer both cardio-protective and anti-cancer effects in the body. They have been linked to reducing inflammation, preventing DNA damage, inhibiting tumor angiogenesis, and reducing blood pressure. Consumption of berries has also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, some cancers, and even cognitive decline. Berries are thought to be excellent for the brain – improving both motor skills and coordination as well as memory [i][ii][iii][iv][v][vi][vii][viii].
For a powerful health boost in the morning, try starting your day with a delicious green smoothie, featuring blueberries! The combination of blueberries and leafy greens from the kale and spinach in the recipe below, is believed to act synergistically, potentially activating repair mechanisms in the body that may serve to protect our cells against damage from the onslaught of toxins that we face everyday. Cheers to that!
- 3 oz. raw spinach
- 2 oz. raw kale
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup blueberries (can be raw or frozen)
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!