We need to show some “berry-love” to these incredible, now super popular, nutrient-rich fruits: the bilberries!
Easy to pop into a delicious smoothie while you’re in a hurry, bilberries can also boost your immune system, supporting your overall health.
Curious to find out more?
What Are Bilberries?
Bilberries are related to the blueberry, and they’re native to Northern Europe – often referred to as European blueberries. They’re way much smaller and darker than blueberries, though, packing about four times more antioxidants than their close relative.
You can eat them fresh, as an extract, or dried and enjoy a delicious meal!
Bilberries Have These Fantastic Benefits
Bilberries are a great source of antioxidants! According to researchers, these fruits contain anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant proved to keep our cells healthy and promote long-term brain health.
Bilberries are a great source of fiber, supporting digestive health and regulating blood sugar. But, probably the best thing about these fruits is that they’re also rich in vitamins A, C, D, and K!
“Anthocyanidins are considered to be anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory, and play important roles in prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurodegenerative decline, glycemic control, and eye health,” explains Abby Johnson, MS, RD.
We know that poor inflammatory responses affect muscular function, heart, mood, and recovery from exercise. So, it’s essential to take care of our bodies, choosing the most nutrient-rich foods, such as bilberries.
Bilberries in Your Diet
Fresh bilberries are always the best choice, but there are also some cool other options you might want to try:
- Bilberry powder;
- Bilberry extract.
There aren’t many differences between the bilberry powder and extract. However, the extract option might be easier to digest and have more antioxidants/ ounce than fresh bilberries.
Still, you should know that fresh bilberries in the US are pretty hard to find. So, an extract or powder alternative could be your best choice.