Ok, so here’s a little fact about the crew at PhillyHealthWatch. WE LOVE BERRIES! I mean we absolutely LOVE them! Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, or Strawberries, it really doesn’t matter. They are all loaded with natural sugars that make them taste like a sweet dessert. But, we dont just love them cause they taste great. Berries are some of the most powerful, revitalizing, anti-aging, and cancer fighting foods on the planet. Add all of this to the fact that they are real easy to eat(n0 pealing), and super easy to pack(small handful in a ziplock), and its no wonder why Berries are one of our favorite health food topics.
So lets get into some of the wonderful benefits of these superfoods from mother Earth! Always remember, when it come to berries, eat whatever you can get your hands on.
Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products of metabolism called “free radicals” that can lead to cancer and other age related diseases.
Blackberries are also rich in Vitamin C and fiber, which have been shown to help reduce the risks of certain cancers. Blackberries are low in calories, carbohydrates and have no fat, which makes them popular in low carb and low calorie diets.
Raspberries have been shown to inhibit the production of COX-I and COX-II enzymes. Anti inflammatory products like ibuprofen and aspirin, inhibit COX-I and COX-II resulting in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.
Strawberries contain a broad range of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin C, folate and fiber. Researchers around the world are also recognizing that the phytonutrients in strawberries – including ellagitannins and quercetin – may have considerable preventative effects on cardiovascular disease, cancer and cognitive decline.
The info here came from Havard Medical.
Berries are delicious, and as you can see they are super good for you. So eat away, and we’ll see you tomorrow on PhillyHealthWatch where the best way is the healthy way!