The health benefits of blueberries, and other berries like strawberries and raspberries, will make you crave these sweet treats every day.
Since berries are rich in antioxidents and other good things, that’s not a bad idea!
Just one serving, or 1/2 cup, a day of any of these berries provides you with major health benefits.
Have a look at what a few blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries (among others) can do for your health.
Nutritional Content of Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries
Berries are extremely rich in antioxidants which help protect the cells in our bodies from damage, and in so doing prevent disease and aging. Blueberries in particular contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable.
Blueberries, raspberries and especially strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and soluble fiber. They also contain a powerful antioxidant called ellagic acid.
Health Benefits of Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries
The powerful phytonutrients alone in blueberries and other berries would make these fruits among the best of healthy food choices. These antioxidants help prevent cancer and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. They also help to preserve younger looking skin and can reduce skin sagging.
The ellagic acid in berries, especially strawberries has anti cancer properties. The soluble fiber found in the strawberry, raspberry and blueberry help lower cholesterol.
Another of blueberry’s benefits is that it can prevent and alleviate urinary tract infections (so can cranberries and cranberry juice).
There is also a powerful connection between blueberries and memory. Research has shown that blueberries might help reverse the short term memory loss that often comes with aging. Blueberries are thought to be a key in preserving a healthy young brain.
And finally, another in the list of blueberry benefits, as well as strawberries and raspberries, is that they are low in carbohydrates relative to other fruits. This makes berries a great choice for diabetic recipes and for those following a low carb diet. So if you are looking for low carb foods and low carb dessert recipes, start with delicious berries.
How to add more berries to your diet:
- Fix yourself a delicious smoothie for breakfast or a snack and add in any of these berries (or try a mix of all three) either fresh or frozen.
- Toss berries into a salad. Spinach salad is wonderful with strawberries, but also try raspberries or blueberries for a new taste treat.
- Sprinkle berries on yogurt or ice cream and enjoy the health benefits of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries while you are snacking.
- Try fresh or thawed strawberries, raspberries or blueberries on (or in) pancakes and waffles.
- Make a fresh blueberry, strawberry or raspberry sauce to pour over desserts or pancakes and waffles.
- Add them to almost any muffin recipe for added taste and nutrition.
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