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The Power of Berries

The Power of Berries
0 14 April 2016

Berries are a great substitute for sugar in people with a sweet tooth. Berries may be small, but they offer a number of benefits to people who eat them. Below is a list of some of the health benefits that can be reaped from eating berries:

Keep You Mentally Sharp

Many people start to suffer cognitive decline as they get older. Berries can help you fight cognitive decline by providing valuable antioxidants to support the brain. One study involving 16,000 women over the age of 70 showed that the women who ate the most berries were able to postpone cognitive decline by 2.5 years.

Help You Manage Your Blood Sugar

Berries do contain sugar, but they are fairly low glycemic, which means they don’t cause your blood sugar to increase very significantly. They are a great source of fiber, which also helps to lower blood sugar. Keep in mind that eating a fruit whole is much better than drinking juice. Fruit juices are much higher in sugar and do not contain the nutrients and fiber that whole fruits do.

Reduce Inflammation

Vitamin C is one of the nutrients that can be found inside of berries. Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation. That is why it can be effective for treating inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. The vitamin C also helps to support the immune system.

Help You Lose Weight

If you are trying to shed pounds, then you will definitely benefit from eating berries instead of other, more high-glycemic fruits. Their high fiber and water content help to keep you full. Remember to pair them with a bit of protein and health fat to further balance their nutrients.

Protect Your Heart

A healthier heart is one of the other benefits that can be reaped from eating berries. Fiber helps to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant in berries, seems to contribute to the health of the lining of the blood vessels.

Boost Your Mood

Berries are a great source of folate. This is a nutrient that helps stimulate serotonin production. Higher serotonin levels will help boost your mood.

Help Fight Cancer

Berries contain flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help fight cancer. Therefore, you can reduce your risk of cancer by eating a cup of berries every day. In fact, a study published in the Journal Of Pharmaceutical And Biomedical Analyses showed that berries can help reduce the risk of colon cancer. There have been a number of other studies done to confirm that vegetables and certain fruits can lower the risk of cancer. That is why it is beneficial to include berries in your diet.

Improve Urinary Tract Health

Urinary tract infections are very common. They can also be hard to get rid of. In fact, many people suffer from recurring urinary tract infections. You can reduce your risk of urinary tract infections by eating more blueberries. They help prevent bacteria from growing inside of the walls of the urinary tract.

Improve Digestion

Berries help promote healthy digestion. The fiber in berries helps prevent constipation. The vitamins and minerals in blueberries also help to promote healthy digestion.

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