A premium source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B Complex, blueberries are extremely beneficial for skin health.
They target acne, inflammation, oxidative stress, and premature aging.
Salicylic acid is the only acid that actually breaks down oil on the skin.
This is largely why it is so widely used to treat acne.
Blueberries are high in salicylates - the salt of salicylic acid.
This helps minimize pores, open and clean clogged pores, and aid against bacteria that causes breakouts.
Studies have found that proanthocyanidins - a group of flavonoids found abundantly in blueberries - have the ability to reverse inflammation.
Inflammation is the source for the majority of health and skin issues - primarily acne.
Blueberries are also an optimal source for Vitamin C and Resveratrol - both powerful anti aging fighters.
Vitamin C and Resveratrol protect the skin from UV radiation on a cellular level.
Overexposure to sun causes photodamage (UV radiation) and is the primary cause for premature aging.
One cup of blueberries meets a third of the daily requirements for the powerful antioxidant - Vitamin C.
Vitamin C plays a vital role in collagen synthesis and can be found in multiple layers of the skin in high amounts.
Broken capillaries, which take a significant amount of time to minimize, cause fine lines and wrinkles in the skin.
Blueberries have a strong ability to strengthen and heal damaged or broken capillaries.
Have issues with oily skin? Blueberries normalize and balance the moisture content of the skin, aiding in the appearance of oiliness.
As I've stated before, what is expressed externally on the skin is a direct correlation to issues that are rooted internally.
An unhealthy gut is one of the major contributors to acne, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation.
Blueberries are a natural source of soluble and insoluble fiber and adding them to your diet can help balance and restore gut microbiome.
Wild blueberries have been proven to have “prebiotic potential, which promotes growth of good bacteria (probiotics) in the colon and promotes digestive and health benefit.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be adding more blueberries to my diet!