It is scientifically proven: blueberry juice is healthy! Discover 5 significant health benefits of blueberry juice.
What makes blueberry juice so healthy?
Blueberry juice has many different benefits for your health. Firstly, blueberries are very rich in healthy nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. At the same time, they are low in calories. Various types of berries each have their own health benefits, but blueberries score the highest when it comes to antioxidants. In fact, blueberries are among the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world. In this article, we will describe the most common beneficial nutrients in blueberry juice and the health benefits associated with them. Read on and discover:
- The vitamins and minerals commonly found in blueberry juice
- The antioxidants present in blueberry juice
- What science says about the health benefits of blueberry juice
- What to consider when buying blueberry juice.
What is blueberry juice made of?
There are different types of blueberries. Here, we’ll discuss two of them, each with its own advantages. Both types of berries make a delicious and healthy snack or a great addition to your breakfast. By drinking blueberry juice, you can easily get many of the beneficial nutrients from blueberries. The larger, rounder berries that you can usually buy in stores under the name “blueberries” are the fruits of Vaccinium corymbosum. These blueberries are also known as highbush blueberries because they grow on bushes. This makes them easy to pick. This type of blueberry is widely cultivated, including in our own country. In North America, this species grows in the wild, but not in Europe. You can often buy them in the Netherlands throughout the year, possibly in frozen form. Even then, these blueberries are still very healthy.
Picking wild blueberries
The wild blueberry that you can also pick in the wild in the Netherlands is a different type of berry, originating from Vaccinium myrtillus. This wild berry is slightly smaller and does not grow in clusters like blueberries. While blueberries have light flesh, wild blueberries have dark purple flesh, giving the juice a much darker color. Blueberries are also known for their soft, sweet taste, while wild blueberries often taste slightly more sour or astringent. You can pick European wild blueberries in the wild between April and June, and sometimes there is a second blooming period later in the year. Wild berries, in general, are very rich in nutrients. That’s why we, for example, made our Antioxidant shot with mainly wild-picked berries.
Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in blueberry juice
Despite their small size compared to many other fruits, a glass of blueberry juice from a handful of berries provides you with a substantial amount of healthy nutrients. Blueberry juice is a source of many different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Blueberries stand out, among other things, due to their high content of vitamin K and manganese. Our blueberry juice also contains good amounts of vitamins B6, C, and E. Moreover, our blueberry juice scores very high when it comes to antioxidants and contains flavonoids.
Antioxidants in blueberry juice
Blueberry juice is one of the richest sources of antioxidants you can find. It contains various types of antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. Antioxidants are nutrients that combat free radicals, which can damage your body’s cells. As a result, antioxidants can help protect your body against oxidative damage, such as from sunlight or air pollution. Anthocyanins, quercetin, and resveratrol are also present in these healthy berries.
Blueberry juice vs. other types of berry juice
If scientific studies (1) are to be believed, most types of berry juice are rich in antioxidants compared to other types of fruit. However, compared to other types of berries, blueberry juice scores the highest, as shown in a Chinese study (2) that compared blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries based on their antioxidant value.
The science behind blueberry juice
Over the years, much scientific research has been conducted on the health benefits of blueberry juice, with a focus on the action of its antioxidants. As part of a British study (3) investigating the protective effects of antioxidants in fruits, 168 healthy participants drank a liter of fruit juice made from apple juice and blueberry juice for four weeks. The researchers paid particular attention to the antioxidant ascorbic acid (vitamin C). This study found that the antioxidants in this fruit juice helped protect the participants against damage caused by free radicals. Another small-scale study (4) confirmed the protective effect of blueberry juice against oxidative damage.
5 proven benefits of antioxidants in blueberry juice
Considerable scientific research has been done on the specific processes in the body where the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in blueberry juice can have a positive effect. The results suggest that blueberry juice:
- Can provide protection against free radicals that damage cells due to its high content of vitamin E and manganese.
- Promotes energy metabolism, as the mineral manganese from blueberry juice helps release energy from your diet, thereby supporting your energy levels.
- Contributes to proper blood coagulation, as vitamin K from blueberry juice plays a supportive role in normal blood clotting.
- Is beneficial for the formation of cartilage in the joints, as the mineral manganese from blueberry juice is important for the formation of connective tissues that provide the structure of the cartilage.
- May help maintain strong bones, due to the abundant amount of vitamin K in blueberry juice. Additionally, manganese also contributes to bone formation.
The best of berries in our juices
Do you want to make your own blueberry juice? Check out our blog with delicious recipes for blueberry juice. If you don’t have time for that and prefer to buy blueberry juice, make sure to choose organic blueberry juice without sugar or other additives. Are you mainly interested in the large amount of antioxidants in blueberry juice?
Probeer dan eens ons Antioxidant shotje. Hierin zitten behalve blauwe bessen ook andere antioxidantrijke (wild geplukte) bessen en andere vruchten, zoals zwarte bessen, aroniabessen, rode bessen, cranberry’s, duindoornbessen en granaatappel. Dit shotje bevat de hoogste natuurlijke antioxidantwaarde ter wereld en is dus een ideale ondersteuning van je gezondheid! Wil je ook eens wat andere sapjes met bessen proberen? Bekijk dan ons Recover sapje, Wild sapje en Ron’s sapje. Ook die zijn rijk aan vitaminen, mineralen en antioxidanten. Doordat we al onze sapjes met de slowjuicer persen, daarna meteen invriezen en in glas bewaren, blijven die gezonde voedingsstoffen optimaal behouden. Geef bij je bestelling aan wanneer je jouw sapjes thuis wilt ontvangen en we komen ze met de diepvrieswagen bezorgen. Ook als je weinig tijd hebt, kun je dus makkelijk je gezondheid ondersteunen met verse bessensapjes!
Then try our Antioxidant shot. In addition to blueberries, it contains other antioxidant-rich (wild-picked) berries and fruits, such as black currants, aronia berries, red currants, cranberries, sea buckthorn berries, and pomegranate. This shot has the highest natural antioxidant value in the world and is therefore an ideal support for your health! Do you want to try other juices with berries? Check out our Recover, Wild, and Ron’s juice. They are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Because we press all our juices with a slow juicer, freeze them immediately, and store them in glass, the healthy nutrients are optimally preserved. Let us know when you want to receive your juices at home, and we’ll deliver them with the freezer van. Even if you have little time, you can easily support your health with fresh berry juices!