It is berries season and we should all enjoy them as much as we can! I have been eating them from mornings to evenings. Why? Well they are not only delicious and colorful to your eyes but packed with super nutrients. It's a win-win situation! ;) They go well with breakfast- in your granola, yoghurt bowl, or smoothie-, as dessert, or snack. To get the full nutrients, it is recommended to eat them raw. You also have the chance to keep eating them during winter time as frozen berries are known to keep their nutrient value. I love them and can't wait to share with you all of their super powers!
Where to start?? They simply are A-MA-ZING! Don't get fooled by their small size, as they contain so many good beneficial nutrients for your health. Rich in vitamin A, C, E, K, fibers, copper and antioxidant like flavonoids, tannin and anthocyanin. Originally from North America, Native americans have been eating them for hundreds of years for medicinal reasons.
- #1 fruit for its antioxidant
Yes! Blueberries are the stars of antioxidant, which is a super warrior against cancer. Anthocyanin is one of the antioxidant that makes the color blue and boost at the same time the vitamin C and brings so many health benefits. So the more blue, the better! A good ally to boost the immune system. In all researches, they come as the number one food to fight cancerous cells. Anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties are found in their antioxidants.
Blueberries' antioxidant neutralize free radicals. "Free radicals are molecules that can damage your cells and organs" and can accentuate diseases. Reservatrol, an other antioxidant, is also known to prevent cancer cells from growing. Compounds like ellagic acid and pterostilbene are also very efficient to prevent and fight cancer.
- Heart disease
Blueberries help reduce belly flat which is often linked with heart disease and stroke. They lower cholesterol and insulin level. Anthocyanin, the antioxidant that prevent blood clot and other heart issues improves the arteries' elasticity and lowers bad cholesterol. They also works wonder on lowering the blood pressure.
- Nervous system
They are named the "Brain food" as they have been known to help and prevent disease like Alzheimer or Dementia. They boost the brain cells and prevent brain aging and memory capacity and slow the aging process in general.
- Better circulation & digestion
Blueberries improve the circulation system and the blood flow. They can prevent or help with bruising, varicose veins, and even water retention. They are rich in fibers, which helps to have a healthy digestive system.
- Eye health
Your eyes need blueberries! Thanks to their antioxidant, they prevent macula degeneration, which is an eye illness due to aging, quite common for people over 65 years old, as well as glaucoma and cataracts.
- Prevent urinary infections
Epicatechin is found in the antioxidant bioflavanoid which prevent and reduce the risk of Urinary Tract Infection. They are also well known in cranberries to help with the terrible Cystitis and UTIs some women have to endure.
- Good mood
Blueberries also happen to make you happy! They have anti depressants properties.
Who doesn't love strawberries, right? They are the most famous berries. Those beauties are similar to blueberries with their health benefits. Packed with vitamin C, they strengthen the immune system and regulate blood pressure. They contain vitamin B for the nervous system and help reduce stress and diseases, fibers for the heart and digestion, manganese, potassium, magnesium and copper. Ellagic acid may help reduce cancer cells and is also keeping your skin away from wrinkles thanks to the good effect on collagen. They promote healthy vision and lower bad cholesterol. They have anti-inflammatory properties that are found in the substance phenol, which could have the same effect as drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen. Strawberries are a good ally to maintain a healthy weight and keep away from diseases.
We don't change a winning team, right? ;) Packed with vitamin C, rich in fibers which makes you feel full longer, manganese, and antioxidants. Raspberries are not only delicious but as the other berries help reduce bad cholesterol, heart disease, and cancer. Good for the digestion. The ellagic acid is a compound that has anti-inflammatory properties and could be beneficial for arthritis for example. They also contain properties against bladder infections.
Blackberries have pretty much the same benefits as all the other berries. Preventing eye and skin health, good digestive system thanks to their fibers. They are rich in vitamin K, and contain phytoestrogens that could relieve symptoms of PMS and menopause. The anthocyanin that gives the dark purple color are known to reduce inflammation and fight free radicals to keep your body healthy.
Time to show some love for your berries! ;)
Happy Berries Day!