Sweet yet slightly tart blueberries are tasty to enjoy on their own or sprinkled on yogurt or added into smoothies. Not to mention they’re bursting with health benefits that can help us get more youthful looking skin. And new research encourages us to eat more blueberries for anti-aging results such as wrinkle reduction and avoiding skin cancer!
A recent study published in Life Extension Magazine found that blueberries are rich in natural compounds called anthocyanins and pterostilbenes. These compounds have been shown to reduce the harmful effects of UV exposure that leads to aging skin, as well as nix wrinkles and fine lines. It’s no wonder the study’s authors deemed this fruit the perfect anti-aging superfood to turn back the clock and restore smooth skin!
Similar research published in the journal Heliyon noted that blueberries are packed with antioxidants and phenolic compounds including malvidin, cyanidin, and petunidin. These all give a helping hand to lower oxidative stress and cell damage, which in turn delays the aging process and decreases the risk of skin cancer. Talk about a win-win!
One cup of these delicious berries contains 84 calories and delivers 24 percent of the daily allowance of vitamin C, which is key for promoting collagen production to maintain skin’s elasticity and firmness. So loading up on blueberries every day is not only a healthy and mouthwatering snack, it can help you keep wrinkles at bay.
Thankfully, this isn’t hard to do when you can just pop them in your mouth on their own or sprinkle them on top of a bowl of yogurt or cottage cheese. Eating them with a milk product is a particularly yummy option that allows your body to absorb the fruit’s antioxidants even better thanks to a protein found in dairy called a-casein. Whichever way you choose to sneak more blueberries into your diet, this fruit is a must-have if you’re looking for a natural way to look years younger!