I adore berries! Especially this time of the year – they’re all in season. And soon, I will be able to walk out to the garden and pick a handful of fresh, sun-ripened, juicy red raspberries. Every morning, I start out with a smoothie made with berries. Which got me to thinking – what are the health benefits of berries? So, I did a little checking and here’s what I found:
- Berries are chock-ful of phytonutrients and flavanoids. What’s so special about these? Flavanoids are associated with a slow-down in cognitive decline and can reduce your risk of a heart attack. I’m all about healthy aging, so these definitely interest me. Phytonutrients protect against inflammation and inflammation may play a role in cancer and heart disease.
- Fiber – eat them whole to get all the benefits of fiber. The fiber helps you feel full and therefore helps manage your weight. I can’t think of anything better than berries for weight management.
- Improve your heart health
- keep your memory sharp
- help manage diabetes
- could help prevent Parkinson’s disease
- helps to lower your blood pressure and fight inflammation
- may help fight cancer
I learned that blueberries are the most nutrient-dense. They provide the following:
- 25% daily allowance of vitamin C
- 14% daily fiber in a serving
- 36% Vitamin K (psssst! Vitamin K helps your blot clot and is also thought to help bone strength)
- 25% daily allowance of Manganese (helps with healthy bones – I try to get all of my vitamins and minerals without taking a Calcium supplement. I feel like I get everything I need through diet and Shakeology)
Raspberries – I love combining them with blueberries in a smoothie. The raspberries add a little tangy zip – a nice contrast to the sweet blueberries. They have
- 32% daily fiber in a serving – WOW!
- 54% daily Vitamin C
- 12% Vitamin K
- 41% Manganese – raspberries are one of the top Manganese-rich foods. Manganese also helps regulate a low blood sugar.