Berries are some of the most delicious foods you can find. And now scientists are learning that berries such as blueberries and blackberries also contain elements that give incredible health benefits.
Find out why berries are so healthy
Berries contain natural sugars and delicate flavors. Unlike many other foods that are good for you, but which don’t taste good, berries taste great.
And unlike many foods that taste great however aren’t healthy, berries are among the most healthy foods you can find.
Within the last decades, scientists have commenced paying attention to the health benefits of berries. And what researchers learned has a lot of exciting potential for humans. The foods the scientists tested were all high in antioxidants, so the scientists wanted to see if any of these foods would boost any physical and mental capabilities. Researches found that while several of these foods seemed to offer antioxidant protection, blueberries were the only ones that improved mental abilities.
In fact, eating blueberries enable you to perform like you were much younger. That was a fascinating find, and the scientists and they wanted to find what it was in the blueberries that produced this beneficial effect. It came to light that the chemicals liable for making you mentally fitter were the pigments in the skin of the blueberries.
The anthocyanin that gives ripe berries their beautiful colors is the substance that has such strong antioxidant power. Antioxidants help repair some of the damage that happens to our body cells every day.
Scientists have learned that the darker the berry, the more health benefits it has! Eating two-thirds of a cup of blueberries will give you as much anti-oxidant protection as five servings of apples.
The dark pigments in these berries grant protection against cardiovascular diseases, degenerative eye disease such as cataracts and may provide some help in preventing some cancers, and bladder infections.
Also, these dark berries may give protection to brain cells from the degenerative diseases of aging.
You get the protection of antioxidant whether you eat your berries fresh, frozen, or dried.
You can eat them freshly picked, add them to your favorite cereals, or make a smoothie with various fruits, milk, and yogurt. Get creative and find ways to combine berries into your favorite recipes.
In North America, blueberries are available freshly picked or frozen all year round. If you can’t get them freshly picked, dried ones also have concentrated levels of the valuable antioxidants.
Dark red fruits
If you live in an area where blueberries are not readily accessible, buy other fruits and berry varieties that have very dark red or dark purple colors.
Fruits such as red grapes, pomegranates, bilberries, cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, and plums also have high levels of these beneficial dark pigments. These fruits offer virtues similar to blueberries.
Bears eat plenty of berries, of many varieties, such as raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
So, think about incorporating the habit of bears into your lifestyle – and make berries a regular part of your diet!