The chances are high that you have heard about the multiple health benefits of blueberries. In fact, blueberry is perhaps the most researched berry by scientists because of its nutritional value and health benefits. No wonder why people think of blueberries as a superfood! This blog post covers all you need to know about blueberry powder benefits.
Although we love fresh blueberries or even frozen ones, they are often not available because they are seasonal or costly. However, due to the technological advances and development of the freeze-drying methods, we can now have blueberries all year round. How? As a powder.
We strongly believe that the easiest way to add these super healthy berries to your diet is by using blueberry powder. In fact, blueberry powder has the same nutritional value as fresh berries, minus the water. Below, we summarize for you all the evidence-based health benefits of blueberries and blueberry powder.
1. Packed with antioxidants
Firstly, blueberry powder contains a high amount of anthocyanins, which is a complex of antioxidants. Antioxidants are vital to protect your cells from oxidative stress. They may help prevent the development and progression of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. If you want to learn more about antioxidants, you can read our previous blog post.
It is extremely important to know here that not all blueberries have the same amount of antioxidants. For example, a study showed that wild Arctic blueberries have four times higher concentrations of antioxidants than farmed blueberries. This makes the wild bilberry powder or fresh bilberries a true superfood of the Arctic. Therefore, we suggest you check your berries’ origin and whether they are wild or not if you want the best quality. If you are interested in learning more about the differences between blueberries and bilberries, you can read our previous blog post: What is the difference between blueberry and bilberry?
2. Rich in dietary fiber
Secondly, blueberries, and therefore, blueberry powder, is rich in natural fibers and vitamins. Dietary fibers help with constipation prevention, maintain a healthy weight, lower your risk of diabetes, prevent heart disease and some types of cancer. You can learn more about the benefits of dietary fiber here.
3. Source of vitamin C, E, and K
Blueberries and blueberry powder are an excellent natural source of vitamins such as vitamin A, C, E, and K. Vitamin A helps in bone formation and maintains healthy eyesight. Further, Vitamin C helps your body fight and recover from a cold, absorb iron, maintain healthy tissue, promote wound healing, and protect teeth and gums.
Last, Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps to delay the progression of Alzheimer’s, protect your liver, and reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Last, Vitamin K is essential in the blood clot process that plays a role in bone formation, and protects against osteoporosis.
4. Good for your eyes
According to World War II stories, the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force pilots consumed bilberries (aka Wild Arctic blueberries) before flying on nighttime missions to improve their ability to see in the dark.
While this story from the U.K. has never been confirmed, multiple scientific studies show that blueberries may improve your overall eye health, especially night vision. This benefit is attributed to the previously mentioned complex of antioxidants called anthocyanins.
A study on cataract progression showed that the combination of bilberry anthocyanins and vitamin E had a 97% success rate in preventing cataract progression.
5. Protects your heart, brain and blood vessels
Blueberries are proven to protect your heart and brain – another important health benefit of blueberry powder. According to WebMD, wild blueberries are beneficial for certain heart and blood vessel conditions. Such conditions include the hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), varicose veins, blood flow decrease in the veins, and chest pain.
6. Extremely low in sugar and no saturated fats
More reasons to love blueberry powder: it’s extremely low in sugars. All of them are natural, making it an ideal supplement for people with diabetes and those who want to reduce their daily intake of dietary sugars.
Also, the blueberry powder does not contain any saturated fats associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Overall, blueberry powder is one of the healthiest and safest products you can add to your daily diet.
7. A natural option for blueberry extracts and blueberry supplements
The benefits of blueberry extracts and blueberry supplements are widely known, and that’s why many people like to use them. However, the wild blueberry powder is a great natural alternative to them. Wild blueberry powder gives you the same health benefits but without any added sugars, coatings, and other preservatives.
Blueberry extracts and blueberry supplements are often coming from parts of the whole berry. On the contrary, the blueberry powder comprises all the nutritious parts of the berry: the skin, the seeds, and the flesh. The best quality wild blueberry powders contain whole berries only, with no preservatives, colorants, or sweeteners added. This way, you get to enjoy the delicious natural flavor of blueberry.
8. Other benefits
So far, we’ve mainly covered the exceptional health benefits of blueberry powder. As a bonus, there are also other benefits!
The first benefit is that wild blueberry powder is an excellent natural colorant for dips, creams, and desserts. Check out our recipes for purple hummus with blueberry or purple Greek tzatziki, for example!
Using wild blueberry powder is the easiest way to add delicious and fruity blueberry flavor to your breakfast, snacks, ice cream, and desserts. It’s convenient to take with you to the office, school, and trips and does not require any refrigeration, washing, or other special treatment. You just open the bag and get a scoop or two. Read more about why to start using berry powder instead of fresh or frozen berries.
We hope you enjoyed this blog post about blueberry powder benefits! Wild Arctic blueberries, also called bilberries, are indeed a fantastic superfood with exceptional health benefits. We at Arctic Flavors want to make them readily available for everyone, regardless of where you live. That’s why we selected the best quality wild bilberries and packaged them for you. Explore more in our online shop!
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