Have a Berry Sweet Day

Benefits of Berries:

It’s the season for berries which is hard to miss as every hedgerow seems to be groaning with ripe ready to pick fruit. In fact why spend a fortune in the supermarket when you can pick your own.

If you can manage to squeeze an hour into your weekend schedule, it’s worth grabbing a lidded jar and going for a walk in your nearest countryside spot. Although you can find an abundance of berries in many city hedgerows too – just try and avoid the ones on the roadside which are likely to be heavily polluted from traffic.

If you haven’t eaten most of them whilst you’ve been picking, with a bit of luck you’ll come back with enough juicy sweet berries to make a fabulous late summer pudding whilst at the same time arming your body with health boosting nutrients. If you didn’t know already berries have a reputation for being a superfood for a very good reason.

For example, blueberries are jam-packed with antioxidants that may help keep memory sharp as you age. Raspberries contain a component known as ellagic acid, which has anti-cancer properties.  Blackberries have also been shown to have antibacterial activity which will protect you from disease.

 

Top Ten Benefits of Berries:


  1. A great source of fibre
  2. Promote a healthy digestive system.
  3. Less impact on blood sugar than other fruits
  4. May prevent and slow down the growth of cancer
  5. Reduce inflammation, fight infection and enhance immunity
  6. Improve and support healthy brain function
  7. Enhance cardiovascular health
  8. Help to regulate hormone function
  9. Help protect skin from sun damage
  10. Anti-viral effects reduce cold sores


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