Berries are among some of the most nutritionally-dense foods in the world. They may be small but they sure do pack a powerful punch, and they come in a tasty vehicle. Read on to see exactly why these bite-size beauties are good for you.
Berries are a great source of natural fiber. Fiber is essential to digestive health because it keeps your metabolism running high and also boosts satiety. That means that berries make a great tool for weight loss; plus they are relatively low-calorie and low sugar, which brings me to my next point…
- Low-Glycemic and Natural Sugar
Berries are the perfect sweet snack. They are have enough natural sugar to put your sweet tooth to bed, yet they are also low-glycemic—that means, they won’t spike your blood sugar. Stable blood sugar means your chances of getting diabetes, insulin resistance, or energy-related mood swings are greatly reduced.
So we now know that berries are great for fighting off diabetes and metabolic issues, but did you know they are even able to ward off cancer? Yep, blueberries have a certain kind of antioxidant called anthocyanin, which helps prevent degeneration of the mind with age. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, which is another antioxidant that helps prevent or slow down cancer. And don’t even get me started on superfood berries, acai, maqui, and goji, which all have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any produce on earth.
- Vitamins & Minerals
Like most produce, berries are rich in vitamins and minerals. Blueberries, raspberries, and goji berries all contain extremely high levels of Vitamins A and C, which are both key to building immunity against ailments as minor as the common cold to serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s. In fact, by weight, goji berries have 500 times the amount of Vitamin C as oranges! All berries are also loaded with beta-carotene, which is a pigment found in fruits and plants that promotes healthy skin and hair. Goji berries, in particular, are a replete source of zinc, iron, phosphorus, and vitamin B2, in addition to 18 different amino acids, which are a rarity for plants to contain.
- Heart Disease Prevention
Berries are an anti-inflammatory food. That means they are not only helpful for reducing inflammation associated with cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases, but they also reduce inflammation associated with high blood pressure and heart disease. Eating just one serving of berries a day (½ cup) can actually modify the genetic risk carried in the 9p21 gene, a gene known to be linked to heart disease.
So, mix some berries into your diet. Just always opt for organic and wash your fruit, as berries and their soft flesh are prone to soaking up toxins and chemicals from their environment.
I hope this article was berry informing! (Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.)
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