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Blueberries, Queen of the Berry by Ada Polla

Blueberries, Queen of the Berry by Ada Polla

Blueberries have made it into the consumer media and popular advertising campaigns as a healthful fruit to eat: in addition to being purple, round and delicious, they are filled with antioxidants. The Vaccinium myrtillus L. fruit, known in English as bilberry or blueberry, has powerful protective properties, which have been known and utilized since the Middle Ages.

Today, blueberries are even claimed to be “the most powerful antioxidants of all.” The good news for all of us is the discovery of the potential benefits of blueberries to the skin and how blueberry extracts can enhance the effectiveness of skin care products. Indeed, several compounds, in particular polyphenols (including anthocyanins, resveratrol and iron chelators such as quercetin and myricetin) and vitamins have been isolated from the blueberry plant. The fact that antioxidants are essential in maintaining the skins youthfulness is now a well-established concept. The key purpose of these substances is to neutralize free radicals, which are caused primarily by excessive UV exposure.

One of the important benefits of blueberries is their vaso-protective (protection of cutaneous capillaries) properties. Flushing, rosacea and facial redness are a result of the dilation of the fine capillaries located just beneath the epidermis. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are a number of preventative measures that enable a better control of the symptoms and a minimization of facial redness. Any product that promotes the capillary health, delaying their dilation and eventual collapse, contributes to a management of those symptoms.

Blueberries play a role in the management of flushing symptoms: they tighten and protect fine capillaries thanks to anthocyanins and are thus ideal in skin care products targeting redness-prone skin. So eat your blueberries, but put them on your face too!

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