Good things come in small packages. This saying definitely holds true for one of nature’s most valuable gifts for our health, the blueberry. These low calorie, highly nutritious berries are a mighty antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and immune defense abilities.
But, how exactly are they good for us?
Being one of the richest antioxidant-filled foods, you can think of the blueberry a bit like nature’s fountain of youth. They act to flush out nasty compounds referred to as ”free radicals”, damaged cells that hang around and cause aging and disease. By cleaning up the gluggy free radicals in the body, pathways in your brain are freed, leading to faster, clearer cell signaling to enable creative break-throughs, without getting blocked or lost along the way.
The results will add years to your life, literally!
The American Neurological Association conducted a large scale experiment on more than 16,000 nurses over 21-years to conclude that high flavonoid intake found in blueberries delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5years. Think of how many more bingo games you could win in the retirement home.
But blueberries are not just for when you age. Another study found that in just 12-weeks of taking daily blueberry juice, subjects experienced significant improvements in several memory brain function indicators. So that’s easy enough, just pop a glass of Blueberry juice by your desk and off you go...just don’t forget to drink it!
Healthy creations for the festive season
Like many fruits and vegetables, blueberries retain their maximum amount of nutrients when eaten fresh. You can rinse a punnet of Blueberries and enjoy anywhere as a snack on the go. But if you’re a sweet tooth like me and looking for a mouthful of quenching flavor. Try combining it with 85%+ dark chocolate. The cocoa bean is also full of flavonoids as well as having the ability to increase blood flow to the brain and improve the function of the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus (in the brain) critical for learning and memory.
However, don’t spoil your healthy intentions by choosing milk or white chocolate, these options add sugar and dairy and contain less of the good stuff from the cocoa bean. Here are a few of our favorite deliciously healthy blueberry and dark chocolate combos to really get your brain and taste buds firing: