Ah Blueberries. Nature's tiny vitamins. There's just no end to the benefits of these little guys. For starters, Blueberries have a high concentration of salicylates, which is the salt of salicylic acid. So topically, Blueberries would be a great product for oily skin. Additionally, they are rich in fiber, facilitate hair growth, and even can lower your cholesterol. But there is no blueberry benefit better (say that three times fast) than it's high level of antioxidants!
Skin care professionals are constantly harping on the need to pump your body full of antioxidants. But do you know why antioxidants are great for our skin? Strap in people, we're getting a science lesson!
Antioxidants very literally stop oxidation. Oxidation occurs when we have free radical damage in our skin (either from the sun or other causes.) This oxidation is the loss of an electron in a molecule (stay with me guys! I'm gonna keep it simple I promise) When a molecule loses an electron it becomes unstable and basically goes a little crazy pants (we've all been there, am I right ladies?) This instability causes a chain reaction of damaged or even destroyed cells.
Antioxidants ride in on their tiny white horses and stop this oxidation in its tracks!! That's why it's essential we take them in in as many ways as possible. Therein ends the lesson. Good job staying away everybody.
Here's a fun fact for you. Blueberries are listed among the top 100 foods with the highest concentration of antioxidants according to ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity), the lab test that quantifies a food's ability to absorb free radicals. So to sum up:
Free Radicals = bad
antioxidants = good
blueberries = delicious