Red, White and Blueberry

July is National Blueberry Month! 

With blueberry season underway it is a great time to recognize this superfruit and learn about the many benefits it has for your skin. 

Blueberries have many vitamins including A and C and are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.  No need to add extra salt to your diet especially in the summer.  No matter how you eat blueberries (cooked, raw or with other foods) you can receive great skin health benefits.  Whether you break out from acne, have splotchy skin the nutrients found in blueberries will help you out.

 

Pimples- No thanks- Pass the (blueberry) Pie

While acne is typically associated with hormones instead of the physical makeup of your skin, certain nutrients can counteract the hormonal conditions that bring on pimples.  Vitamins and nutrients found in blueberries may neutralize oil levels in your skin and make it healthier.  Take a look at acne-related skin treatments and you will find Vitamin A in many of them—a leading vitamin found in blueberries. 

 

No More Breaking Bad with Blueberries

Ever have splotch skin or tiny red lines that are visible under your skin? Well that is actually capillaries breaking under your skin that can result from a hard impact, which often leads to bruising. It can also occur due to weakness within the vessel walls. Also known as spider veins, these broken capillaries can take months or years to heal and disappear.  Vitamin C found in blueberries can help strengthen the blood vessels just below the surface of the skin and help heal those unsightly lines faster.  

 

Anti-aging, Antioxidants, Pro Blueberries

The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in blueberries help to neutralize free radicals, which might otherwise damage skin cells, leaving your skin with a younger and softer look and feel. Also, keep in mind, the higher fat and carbohydrates in your diet the faster you may bring on skin aging. Blueberries prevent aging by providing you with great nutrients not to mention they have very low levels of fat and carbohydrates – a win win!

Author Platinum Dermatology — Published July 1, 2019