Small but mighty, wild blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense berries on the planet. Despite only being around 80 calories, each berry contains a powerful combination of antioxidants, fibres, manganese, carbohydrates and vitamins C, E and K. Low in calories but great for your brain, heart and overall health; it’s no surprise they have superfood status.
But what do you do if you can’t get hold of fresh wild blueberries? Lucky for you, we have the answer in the form of our delicious wild blueberry powder. Read on to find out what makes it so special and learn the many benefits it has to offer...
Before we delve into the many benefits of wild blueberry powder, we wanted to quickly address the differences between wild and regular or ‘cultivated’ blueberries.
We’ll start by saying that anything grown in the wild is bound to be a better product. Why? Because it’s made by nature!
Our wild blueberry powder is made from 100% natural berries, wild-harvested from the Altai mountains of Siberia. Thanks to the stressful weather conditions, the plant develops more phytochemicals to protect themselves, and in turn, produces a more raw, natural and nutritious berry.
Wild blueberries contain more antioxidants than cultivated berries and offer greater health benefits. They’re also smaller in size (as they contain less water) and have a more intense, sweet and tangy taste.
While fresh wild blueberries are delicious, they’re seasonal and, therefore, not always easy to get your hands on. Plus, they can be pretty expensive!
But thanks to technological advances and freeze-drying, you can now enjoy wild blueberries all-year-round, in powder form. It offers all of the amazing wild blueberry benefits but without the short shelf-life!
Now you’re clued up on the benefits of choosing wild blueberries, let’s take a look at what they can do for your body…
Wild blueberries are considered the king of antioxidant foods, as they are understood to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits. The main antioxidants found in blueberries are flavonoids.
Anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid found in blueberries, are extremely beneficial in neutralising free radicals and preventing cell damage. The antioxidants in blueberries also play an important role in preventing inflammation, protecting the brain and preventing degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Studies have also found that the antioxidants in blueberries can help to prevent damage to our DNA, and may help to slow down signs of ageing and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer.
Consuming blueberries is a great way of increasing antioxidant levels in your body. However, it’s important to remember that not all blueberries are created equally. As we mentioned earlier, supplements made from wild blueberries will have a much higher antioxidant content, than farmed berries. It’s always a good idea to check the source of a blueberry fruit powder, before making a purchase.
The powerful antioxidants in blueberry powder can reduce the risk of heart disease by preventing oxidative damage to ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. One study found that giving participants 50g of blueberries daily lowered their LDL oxidation by 27% over 8 weeks.
In addition, blueberries can be beneficial to other heart-related conditions, such as hardening of the arteries, varicose veins and decreased blood flow in the veins. Regularly consuming blueberries has also been linked with lowering high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease, particularly in postmenopausal women.
Oxidative stress is one of the major contributors to the ageing process and negatively affects brain function. The good news? Blueberries have been linked to delays in mental ageing by up to 2.5 years.
Yes, both animal studies and human studies have shown the antioxidants in blueberries benefit ageing neurons, increase cell signalling and delay mental decline.
Wild blueberry powder is rich in fibres and vitamins that help to maintain healthy digestion and prevent constipation. They can also assist in healthy weight management and lower your risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases like heart disease and some types of cancer.
Looking at the many wild blueberry powder benefits, I think we can answer that’s a resounding ‘yes!’ But remember, not all fruit powders are 100% pure and authentic, so it's important to make sure you’re buying the best blueberry powder available.
Check the source - Look for a blueberry powder that has been wild-harvested. The brand should be able to name their source and give information about the harvesting process.
For instance, Mountainlife blueberries are wild harvested by locals in the Altai mountains of Siberia. From the berries (and the berries alone) we create a freeze-dried powder. This preserves all of the goodness inside the berries and helps maintain their natural colour and taste. What’s more, it increases the shelf life of the wild blueberries, so you can enjoy them as a tasty and beneficial health supplement all-year-round.
Say bye to binders - A high-quality wild blueberry powder will be free of binders and excipients. Look for a powder that is made from 100% wild-harvested blueberries with no other ingredients added. Binders alter the taste of the blueberry powder and aren’t always vegetarian or vegan-friendly.
Interested in boosting your antioxidant intake and enjoying the delicious sweetness of wild blueberries? Try our Wild Blueberry Powder! Re-hydrate it with water, add it to smoothies, sprinkle it on yoghurts and use it in baking. The possibilities are endless and we’re certain you’ll love it every bit as much as we do.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about wild blueberries and the many health benefits they offer. If you have any questions about our fruit powders or any of our superfoods, mushrooms or oils, drop us a message. We’re always happy to chat and help you find the best health products to meet your needs.
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