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Wild Blueberry - The Health and Beauty Superfruit

Posted by Lisa WALSH on
Wild Blueberry - The Health and Beauty Superfruit

This month we are celebrating blueberries from the wild! Wild blueberries and cultivated blueberries are not the same fruit. At Indigena, we always use hand picked, wild grown blueberries. Wild blueberry ( vaccinium angustifolium ) grow wild in Newfoundland on the heathlands, barrens, in forests and on exposed rocky hills.

There are 7 species of wild bluberry in Atlantic Canada - it is a well known boreal botanical superfruit to the locals. They are a low growing shrub (2-24 inches in length) that form dense colonies. You know you have found a great berry picking patch when the ground looks blue from afar! The season for picking ranges from mid August to early October. 

Wild blueberries are a great source of Vitamins A & C, niacin, manganese, carbohydrates and dietary fibre. There has been extensive research on the benefits of blueberries for health and beauty. They contain salicylates which are antibacterial and boost natural exfoliation in in our skin. 
    Why are we so obsessed with wild blueberry? The antioxidants present in blueberries combat free radicals from sun exposure, which can cause damage to our skin over time and speed up the aging process. Blueberries contain significant amounts of zinc and iron, both skin-friendly ingredients for cellular renewal and protection. A skin smoothing, complexion boosting ingredient found in our Magical Moisturiser and Magical Sleep Masque. 
    Wild blueberry ingredients in our products help defend the skin against redness, improve immune reactions in sensitive skin, brighten, soften, firm and nourish all skin types. Blueberry based products are amazing for acne control and prevention of premature aging of the skin.

    Wild blueberries boast nearly twice as many health-boosting antioxidants as their cultivated counterparts. Research shows the berry skin has highest concentration of the antioxidant anthocyanin and because our berries are tinier than the cultivated blueberries they are much more potent due to more berry surface skin. They are more time consuming to pick but the tiny ones taste the best! There is nothing like eating them while you berry pick.You can enjoy the free-radical neutralizing benefits of these super fruits as a healthy snack with just 80 calories in a cup.  Eating 1/2 a cup a day will reduce skin sensitivities. Beauty from within is definitely the best place to start on your healthy journey to beautiful crystal clear skin.

    These wild grown fruits have been growing in Atlantic Canada for over 10,000 years now they are Canada's #1 fruit export 

    This super fruit may not be easily accessible in your neck of the woods so we have included some links to companies that sell wild blueberry food and beverage outside the Atlantic. Below are Lisa's favourite products from local Atlantic producers. 

    www.darktickle.com 

    https://www.darktickle.com/chocolates/327-dark-chocolate-blueberries.html

    https://www.darktickle.com/31-wild-blueberry-tea

    www.vandykblueberries.ca

    https://vandykblueberries.ca/buy-online

    www.aukislandwinery.com

    https://aukislandwinery.com/collections/wine-and-iceberg/products/blu

    www.ironberry.ca 

    https://www.ironberry.ca/product-page/wild-blueberry-powder-100g

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