Why berries are one of the healthiest foods

Carmine and Michael
Written by global axis

October 5, 2022

Berries are a delicious, nutritious food, among one of the healthiest in the world, and here are a few reasons why:

Full of antioxidants. Berries contain many antioxidants which help to control free radicals – unstable molecules that can be damaging to cells when their numbers are too high. Antioxidants reduce the effects of oxidative stress, with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries having the highest antioxidant content.

High in fibre. The high amount of fibre berries contain helps to maintain weight as it slows down the movement of food trough the digestive tract, therefore creating reduced hunger and more of a feeling of fullness.  

Nutrient rich. Berries are rich in vitamins and minerals and are particularly good sources of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Vitamin C is an important booster for the immune system, vitamin K helps to clot blood correctly and manganese is great for bone and muscle strength.

Reduce inflammation. Berries contain properties that help to fight inflammation. Chronic inflammation from stress, not enough physical activity and lack of a balanced diet can contribute to health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Research has shown that the antioxidants that berries contain is what helps to lower inflammation.

Prevention and management of diabetes. Blueberries contain many nutrients that assist in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. They are also a great source of food for those who already have diabetes as they are high in fibre and lower in sugar, and therefore don’t cause blood sugar to spike.

Lowers blood pressure. Berries, in particular blueberries are rich in an antioxidant called flavonoids, which have shown to protect against high blood pressure. A study from 2019 found that consuming approximately one cup of blueberries a day can improve blood vessel function and decrease systolic blood pressure.  

Preventing cancer. The antioxidants present in berries can contribute to the prevention cancer by inhibiting tumor growth, decreasing inflammation and protecting cells from DNA damage that causes cancer.

These are some of the main significant ways that consuming berries can have a positive effect on your health. Whether they’re eaten as a breakfast food, enjoyed as a dessert or as a quick snack, they are delicious and contain numerous health benefits.

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