Handfuls of deliciousness. Colorful gifts of the Gods. And each one has specific health boosting, nutritional benefits. Have I mentioned how much I love berries?!
Celebrated as major superfoods, berries are loaded with phytochemicals, antioxidants, and nutrients. They are low in calories, high in flavor, and an aesthetically pleasing addition to any table. With healing properties long known to Native Americans, berries have been incorporated into medicinal supplements for centuries. And if you're not a berry fan yet, consider this: Studies indicate that raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries may prevent or actually reverse aging effects, and arm us against heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and even arthritis.
And... there is evidence that they act as armor against Alzheimer's disease and other forms of mental decline! Barbara Shukitt-Hale (Ph.D.) and Marshall G. Miller's extensive research studies reflected in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discuss how ample levels of antioxidants contribute to brain health; but berries also affect neuron communication. And it is this very change that can stop brain inflammation and benefit cognition and motor control. Amazing!
Check out these Basic Berry Benefits (based on single cup servings):