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Health Spotlight on… BERRIES!

It’s another installment of Health Spotlight and today we’re talking about… Berries!

You’ve probably noticed that summer this year has been exceptionally warm…

And even now, certain parts of the country are still seeing record temperature.

While the pleasant weather has been quite enjoyable, it’s had another effect as well – a longer growing season for farmers…

And with that comes… MORE BERRIES.

Health Spotlight On Berries

In today’s Health Spotlight, I’ve decided to write about the most popular types of berries in America…

Now, the fact that these berries are incredibly healthy isn’t really a news flash, but today’s article will look deeper to discover what they’re best used for…

And I hope to show you a few things about these incredible fruits that most people don’t know…

And give you a further appreciation of how healthy they are so you can stock up before they go out of season.

Without further ado, let’s look at what’s often billed as the healthiest berry out there…

Blueberries

a bowl of blueberries

The normal season for eating blueberries is between April and September, but because of their popularity, you can find them in most grocery stores year-round…

That’s because after our own season ends, the berries are imported from South America and other locations where they can still grow.

With their rightfully-earned superfood status, eating more of these tasty blue morsels makes perfect sense…

But let’s take a look at why.

Blueberries contain a number of essential nutrients, all in a low-carb, low-sugar, fiber-rich package. Nutrients like…

  • Manganese
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K1
  • And a whopping dose of antioxidants

And it’s these antioxidants in particular that lead to most blueberry health benefits. The primary antioxidants you’ll find are anthocyanins, quercetin, and myricetin

All together, they work to have many positive effects, the most notable of which are…

  • Blood Sugar – It’s thought that the anthocyanins play a role in regulating your blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. That’s why blueberries are often recommended for those with diabetes or prediabetes.
  • Heart Health – Blueberries protect your heart by lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of heart disease. They do this by stopping your body from the oxidative stress caused by bad cholesterol.
  • Brain Health – In a similar fashion, the preventative properties of blueberries protect you from aging and age-related conditions. Furthermore, they improve memory and cognitive ability.

But blueberries aren’t the only berries out there. You’ll also want to get your fair share of…

Strawberries

woman holding strawberries

One of the great things about strawberries is that they have a virtually limitless growing season in the U.S…

That means you can get fresh strawberries from California and Florida at nearly any time of the year…

And the only thing greater than being able to eat these sweet treats when you want is the health benefits they contain. Here’s what they literally bring to your table…

  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • And like blueberries, tons of antioxidants

The main antioxidants in strawberries are pelargonidin, ellagic acid, ellagitannins, and procyanidins. Combined with the abundant vitamins and minerals, strawberries give you…

  • Cancer Protection – The ellagic acid and ellagitannins in strawberries work to fight various types of cancer, including mouth and liver varieties in particular. This is due in large part to their ability to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
  • Better Immunity – The high amounts of vitamin C in strawberries will help you ward off colds and sickness. In a single serving of 8 strawberries, you’ll receive about half of your daily recommended vitamin C.
  • Healthy Vision – The specific mix of antioxidants in strawberries not only strengthen your retina and cornea, but they also reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop cataracts as you age.

Here’s a fun fact: despite their sweet taste, strawberries actually have less than half the sugars of blueberries…

Another low-sugar berry that’s extremely healthy is…

Raspberries

teacup filled with raspberries

You’re probably familiar with red raspberries, but the truth is that they come in a wide variety of colors, including golden yellow, black, and purple

But whatever the color, there’s no denying the major health punch they pack, with nutrients like…

  • Phosphorous
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin E
  • And yet again, loads of antioxidants

Because they’re similar to strawberries in terms of their antioxidants, raspberries provide many of the same benefits. However, there’s a few things that differentiate them from other berries…

  • Carbohydrate Absorption – Raspberries contain high amounts of tannins, which have a special effect on the body. When you eat them, they stop your body from producing alpha-amylase, which means you absorb fewer carbs from other foods.
  • Improve Arthritis – That same mechanism also blocks COX-2, which is thought to be one of the leading offenders for joint pain and inflammation. So raspberries are an excellent addition to a healthy diet for arthritis sufferers.
  • Weight Loss – The obvious answer for why raspberries help with weight loss is that they’re low calorie with decent fiber. However, studies have shown that a raspberry-rich diet leads to better weight loss than other berries.

Now, I’ve saved one of my favorite berries for last…

I can’t explain why they’re not more popular, because these berries have a unique set of nutrients and health benefits that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere…

I’m talking about…

Blackberries

woman holding blackberries

What makes blackberries so special?

Well, apart from their oh-so-unique taste when you get a perfectly ripe batch, blackberries are also one of the healthiest berries out there, just look at how they stack up against blueberries…

  • 33% fewer carbs
  • An extremely low glycemic index of 25 (blueberries are 53)
  • Double the fiber
  • Double the vitamin C
  • Nearly 4 times the vitamin A
  • And, you guessed it, a crazy amount of antioxidants

And here’s just a few of the health benefits provided by blackberries…

  • No Acne – Surprisingly, the vitamin A in blackberries has a direct effect on preventing acne, even though researchers can’t explain why it works. One potential explanation is that acne-causing keratin production is limited.
  • Oral Health – Blackberries are natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation agents, which means eating them can protect your mouth against conditions like gingivitis and oral disease.
  • Brain Health – Like blueberries, the antioxidants in blackberries promote positive brain health by fighting free radicals, improving cognition, and optimizing how the neurons in your brain communicate.

Not too shabby, eh?

Eating Berries: A Berry Good Health Solution

berries in a bowl

Well, that’s all she wrote for today’s Health Spotlight on Berries…

And all puns aside, I hope you’ve discovered a new reason to love berries and that maybe I’ve convinced you to include more of them in your diet.

In addition to the berries mentioned above, there are many other varieties out there, each with their own way of helping you achieve optimal health. Be sure to try…

  • Cranberries
  • Acai berries
  • Currants
  • Lingonberries
  • Bilberries
  • Goji berries
  • Huckleberries
  • Gooseberries

In fact, I may write another article like this one to show off the value of these lesser-known berries…

If you want to read other articles in the Health Spotlight series you can check out this one about mushrooms, or this one about seeds. And if you’re looking to improve your digestion you can also…

ProBio7 Natural Probiotics Digestion Aid Supplement

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