The Health Benefits of Berries

Berries are known as one of the best natural sources of antioxidants that help with everything from memory loss to heart health.

Eating berries just a few times a week can help you mentally as you age.  According to research in Annals of Neurology, it has been proven that women over 70 who eat two servings of strawberries or one serving of blueberries a week experience less mental decline than those who don’t.  Compounds in berries have been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier and reach the part of the brain with learning and memory centers.

Blueberries go a step further in age prevention and help delay all eye related aging.   From disease prevention to helping with loss of vision, blueberries are the most effective berries for anti-aging.

Berries are also helpful in combating high blood pressure and heart disease.  Working berries into your diet will help promote healthy blood flow.  Compounds found in berries get rid of bad cholesterol in your system, as well as strengthen cardiac muscles.  All of these benefits stem from the overwhelming amount of anti oxidants found in berries.

Consuming berries can help contribute to weight loss.  With fewer than 100 calories in a full cup, blueberries are especially helpful.  They are so low in calories because they are mainly made of up liquid.  Eating berries as a snack or with a meal leads to feeling more satisfied and satiated after eating, which is enormously helpful when trying to lose weight according to dietitian Nancy Coperman.  Rich with fiber and vitamin C, berries can make up dietary deficiencies that would otherwise be missed.

Certain berries, such as raspberries and blueberries, have been linked to cancer prevention.  The berries’ compounds are attributed to the death of cancer cells in the colon cancer and ovarian cancer.

What’s your favorite berry?

References

http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition-pictures/amazing-health-benefits-of-berries.aspx#01

http://www.womenfitness.net/top10/blueberries/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/blueberries-nutritious-things-come-in-small-packages_

 

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