European blueberries are mega-healthy. The intense colour of the peel and the flesh betrays the fact that they are packed full with bioflavonoids. These are powerful antioxidants that protect our body's tissues. For its Bio-Blueberries Biotona only uses genuine European blueberries, which are infused with concentrated bio-apple juice to give them an extra kick. Result: super-healthy taste bombs!
The European blueberries in Biotona bio Blueberries have a deep, dark-blue colour, which is found in both the peel and the flesh. The intensity of this colour is due to the presence of high concentrations of anthocyanins. These are substances that the shrub produces to protect the berries from harmful external influences.
The blueberries used by Biotona are plucked in the wild at an altitude of 1,500 metres in the woods of western Serbia and northern Montenegro and are immediately dried following their harvesting and selection. Not only are they truly delicious, but they are also overflowing with nutrients and phytonutrients. Little wonder that they are regarded as one of the best premium superfoods.
American blueberries look almost the same as the European variety, but their flesh is colourless, which means that they contain lower quantities of the key health-giving components.
Antioxidants and colour
Blueberries contain a broad mix of anthocyanins, which are flavonoids with a powerful antioxidising effect. This is the largest group of water-soluble pigments (for red, purple and blue) in the plant world. These pigments protect the fruits against damage by the sun and the other elements.
Antioxidants also protect our human tissue against oxidative damage caused by free radicals. These unstable molecules are found everywhere in the body, as a result of a series of normal processes in which oxygen plays a key role. Each of our cells suffers oxidative damage each day, resulting in ageing and illness. The antioxidants we ingest in our food help to neutralise at least some of these free radicals.
Good news: blueberries vs. diabetes
Research has shown that blueberries can inhibit the activity of the glucosidase enzyme, which is regarded as one of the most effective ways of keeping type 2 diabetes under control.
It also seems that the anthocyanins in blueberries have a beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity and the glucose metabolism. A research study involving 32 obese test subjects with insulin resistance concluded that consuming a daily smoothie made with blueberries resulted in a significant improvement in their insulin sensitivity, in turn reducing the risk of developing (amongst other things) type 2 diabetes, which is becoming one of the most common illnesses in our modern society.
You can use Biotona Blueberries every day. They are delicious to eat by themselves, but can also be added a breakfast of porridge, granola or yoghurt! The kick provided by the concentrated apple juice with which the berries are infused gives an added taste dimension. The berries are also ideal for adding to cake mixes or as a filling for apple pie or French toast.