Why Blueberries Are The Ultimate Super Fruit

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Blueberries have been touted as a super fruit for years thanks to their antioxidant powers. Plenty of studies have cemented their position as the top fruit with research revealing that blueberries can help combat oxidative stress, which is known to exacerbate the natural ageing process and increase the risk of age-related diseases.

Recently, the University of East Anglia discovered that eating a cup of blueberries, or 150g, every day can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by up to 15% in people who are already of high risk. It’s thought that blueberries are particularly good at reducing the risk of heart disease because they are rich in anthocyanins, which are flavonoids responsible for the red and blue colour in fruits. Anthocyanins are known to help fight free radical damage, ease inflammation and lower cholesterol.

An older study by the American Chemical Society in 2016 concluded that blueberries could help slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The small study took almost 50 adults aged 68 and older, who were at risk for Alzheimer’s and gave them either freeze-dried blueberry powder (the equivalent of a cup of fresh berries) or a placebo powder every day for 16 weeks.

“There was improvement in cognitive performance and brain function in those who had the blueberry powder compared with those who took the placebo,” said lead researcher Robert Krikorian, Ph.D. “The blueberry group demonstrated improved memory and improved access to words and concepts.”

That’s not the only study to reveal the brain-boosting powers of blueberries. Just one year later the University of Exeter found that drinking concentrated blueberry juice can improve your cognitive functions. Researchers focused on healthy people aged between 65 and 77 years and found that their memory improved.

“In this study we have shown that with just 12 weeks of consuming 30ml of concentrated blueberry juice every day, brain blood flow, brain activation and some aspects of working memory were improved in this group of healthy older adults,” said Dr Joanna Bowtell, head of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter.

It’s thought that up-and-coming clinical trials will highlight that blueberries can help improve your arterial blood flow too. “We know that blueberries are mini nutritional powerhouses providing vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, folate and manganese, as well as anthocyanins and a diverse range of polyphenolic compounds such as quercetin, so it makes good sense to eat them regularly as we age, “ says Dr Emma Derbyshire, Public Health Nutritionist. With British blueberry season in full swing there is no better time than now to fill your boots.

When September comes and blueberries go out of season there is New Nordic Blueberry Tablets, which offers a high content of bio-activeanthocyanins. If you want to protect from inflammation all year round, Shabir regularly recommends incorporating 15ml of Fulvic Acid Elixir by Ful.Vic.Health into your daily routine. Fulvic acid is another incredibly powerful antioxidant that not only nourishes your body, but also improves its ability to absorb nutrients. For more information, read Shabir’s paper: Fulvic Acid: The Elixir Of Life

What To Look For In A Good Face Cream

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Face cream is one of those beauty products that you can find in almost every bathroom cabinet. In fact, three quarters of British women and at least half of the male population use a moisturiser every day. New research suggests that we spend up to three minutes a day applying moisturiser, which amounts to around six weeks of our lifetime, in pursuit of smoother, softer, youthful looking skin. 

With endless products on the market, each with its own enticing promise of better-looking skin, finding the right face cream for you is no mean feat. 

Why should you use a face cream?

There are more than a handful of buzz ingredients that brands highlight on their labels that promise to transform your skin. While smoothing out lines and brightening your complexion are attractive claims, what you really want your cream to do is strengthen your skin’s barrier. Read More…

Beauty High-Street Heroes

Team Grazia share their ultimate high-street beauty heroes, PHA Plus Serum – by Hattie Brett

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The Forgotten Beauty Benefits Of Aloe Vera

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If you are prone to burning you’re likely to be well acquainted with aloe vera. The plant is renowned for its skin soothing and cooling benefits, which makes it a holiday skincare essential. The clear liquid is also celebrated for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Read More…

Beauty Benefits Of Prickly Pear Seed Oil

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Many of us love a good facial oil treat which explains our obsession with rosehip seed oil and Moroccan argan oil. However, there is a great do-it-all facial oil called prickly pear seed oil with excellent moisturising properties. It is derived from a cactus called Opuntia Ficus Indica, used in herbal supplements for weight loss. Read More…

Coffee: Is It Good Or Bad For You?

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How many cups of coffee do you need to have in the morning before you feel like a fully functioning human? One or two and then maybe one after lunch to wave off the four o’clock slump? At one time or another we’ve all tried to fend off tiredness with an extra cup of the black stuff only to end up feeling anxious and shaky.

According to the majority of advice, four cups is the maximum we should be relying on. Yet, it’s hard to ignore the constant influx of differing advice. Over the past two weeks alone we’ve been told that around three cups of coffee a day could help ward off heart disease by lowering your risk of palpitations, but if you’re pregnant drinking two daily coffees could increase your unborn child’s risk of obesity. Both claims were the result of studies and paint a confusing picture of coffee and its potential benefits. Read More…