Why You Should Go All In on Blueberries This Summer

Load up on pints of blueberries the next time you hit the supermarket. Not only are these summertime treats reaching peak ripeness right now, but they’re a smart choice year-round in fresh or frozen form.

Not only are they chock-full of the essential nutrient vitamin C, but these berries can also give your body a major boost in other ways:

Reduced risk of chronic disease: The antioxidants in berries may lower your risk of a whole host of illnesses by limiting inflammation and fighting free radicals.

Better brain health: The flavonoids in blueberries can reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia by enhancing circulation and protecting brain cells from damage.

A healthier heart: Some studies have linked eating blueberries with decreased blood pressure. Since they’re loaded with polyphenolic compounds that help your blood vessels, blueberries count as a cardio protective food.

Adding blueberries to your day in any form is great! Swap these unsweetened treats for dried fruit in salads and sautés; use them in homemade smoothies; pep up cereals, pancakes, and desserts; upgrade your sparkling water or unsweetened tea with frozen bluebs; or eat them on their own for maximum health benefits.

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