You probably already know that berries are a delicious and healthy snack, but as you grab a handful of these mini superfoods, have you ever wondered about their exact benefits? As July is National Blueberry Month, and berries are in their peak season, now is the perfect time to take a closer look at the various benefits that not only blueberries, but also strawberries, blackberries and raspberries have to offer for your skin and overall wellbeing.
- Antioxidant Rich
The most well-known perk of berries is they are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help shield your skin from free radicals and the damaging effects of the sun. Ultimately, this helps prevent skin cancer and signs of aging caused by the sun. Blueberries, in particular, are especially rich in proanthocyanidins, which have been observed to deliver additional anti-aging properties.
- Low Glycemic Index
For many people who are on a low-carb diet, the Glycemic Index is used to determine sugar and carbohydrate content. Berries are naturally very low on the Glycemic index and blueberries rank among the lowest. Not only is this great news for your waistline, but blueberries and other foods low in carbs and sugars also have anti-aging properties. Experts believe eating too much sugar can result in a dull complexion. Additionally, sugar breaks down collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that prevent wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Fights Acne
One of the primary benefits of foods rich in antioxidants, such as berries, is they are anti-inflammatory. Free radicals and other toxins can cause inflammation in your skin which leads to acne and other unsightly blemishes. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, one of the best ways to heal acne and prevent future breakouts is an antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory diet low in sugar.
- Promotes Circulation