The original superfood
One of the most widely recognized superfoods, blueberries are loaded with delicious flavor and boast impressive benefits. Blueberries have high levels of flavonoids which give them their antioxidant power. These antioxidants reduce oxidative stress, which can lead to cancer and other chronic diseases. Blueberries also help decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol and may lower blood pressure. These incredible benefits, along with nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K, make blueberries a must-have in our Berries Superfood Snack.
Why are blueberries so good for us?
Blueberries may be small, but they’re extremely nutrient-dense and loaded with flavor. Best known for their high antioxidant levels, blueberries live up to their superfood distinction. We use whole organic blueberries for our low glycemic snacks. Learn more about the incredible benefits these blue beauties have to offer:
Rich in Antioxidants
Blueberries are most often associated with their potent antioxidant power. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals which can be found in everything from our food and water to the air we breathe. When free radicals accumulate in the body it can lead to oxidative stress, which in turn leads to health issues. Antioxidants, such as the flavonoids in blueberries, stop free radical build-up, and prevent oxidative stress. The intake of antioxidants from whole foods is crucial, and blueberries top the charts.
Some of the greatest benefits of the antioxidants in blueberries are to the cardiovascular system. When oxidative damage occurs it can negatively affect your “bad” LDL cholesterol and become a contributing factor to heart disease. The antioxidants in blueberries specifically target oxidized LDL, helping you lower your risk of heart attacks and maintain heart health.
Incorporating blueberries into your diet also benefits brain function. Just as oxidative stress causes detrimental effects to the heart, it can also affect cognition. We’re all aging, but exposure to and the subsequent build-up of free radicals can speed up the process. The antioxidant power of blueberries supports brain function by improving cell-signaling and slows the effects of oxidative stress.
Controls Blood Sugar
Like maqui berries, blueberries contain a special group of flavonoids called anthocyanins. These beneficial compounds improve insulin sensitivity which is particularly helpful in lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes.