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The Amazing Health Benefits of Berries

 
Date Posted: June 29, 2015
 

 
 
 

Summer in Canada means beautiful, in-season, ripe berries of all kinds just waiting to be made into lovely deserts, jams, pies, or enjoyed on their own in all their juicy, sweet goodness. Berries have been getting a lot of attention lately, with blueberries in particular making virtually every list of super foods ever tallied. But don’t forget to branch out and include all of those other wonderful berries in your meal plan. Here what berries can do for you:


Fight Cancer:

• Anthocyanins also inhibit the growth of lung, colon, and leukemia cancer cells

• Berries contrain Ellagic acid which is a phytochemical that may inhibit colon, esophageal, liver, lung, and skin cancers

 

Improve Brain Function:

• Anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant found in the red and blue pigment of berries, can benefit the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning, as well as protect against hypertention and diabetes

 

Provide Healthy Carbohydrates:

• Bluerries, raspberries, and strawberries are a healthy, low glycemic index carbohydrate compared to all other fruit

 

Boost Your Vitamin C:

• 1 cup of strawberries has over 100mg of vitamin C – that’s almost as much as a cup of orange juice

• Raspberries or blackberries are no slouches either, with 1 cup of each giving you almost half the amount of vitamin C that is recommended daily for adults

 

Increase Your Fiber:

• Blueberries have 2 ½ grams of fiber in a ½ cup serving

• Raspberries have 1/3 of your daily recommended fiber in only 1 cup

 

Help Your Urinary Tract Health:

• Both blueberries and cranberries contain a substance which can help prevent bladder infections

 

Promote Healthy Eyes

• Blueberries and raspberries contain lutein which is crucial for healthy vision

 

 

 
 
 

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