How does the antioxidant power of blueberry help my skin?
Since July is National Blueberry Month, how could I not highlight the amazing benefits of this small-but-mighty superfood?
Blueberries are most notably recognized because of their deep blue pigment and this color is not just for visual aesthetics. This deep royal blue is indicative of the potent antioxidant profile that helps fight collagen destruction in our skin and preserve our “youthful glow”. The presence of Collagen, a protein, is what makes the skin appear young, supple, and plump. Who doesn’t want more of that?
Recently, USDA scientists have conducted studies to determine the antioxidant concentration and antioxidant capacity per serving size in over 100 whole foods. They found that blueberries ranked among the top 20 most concentrated sources of antioxidants, even higher than cranberries and blackberries!
So what makes blueberries so special? The answer is simple; blueberries contain vital “phytochemicals”, antioxidants, in the forms of anthocyanins and resveratrol.
Anthocyanins are natural pigments that give certain whole foods their deep crimson or royal blue hue. Resveratrol is a potent phytochemical originally found in red grapes (and red wine!) and more recently, in blueberries. When these powerful antioxidants are applied topically, they can actually help slow the mechanisms that cause fine lines and wrinkles!
With these fun facts, you are sure to impress your friends at your next dinner party with your knowledge that blueberries are not only a superfood for your body, but also a superfood for your skin!