Berries are probably the first fruits to be consumed from a fruit basket. They look pretty, taste good and make pastries better. When it comes to a health boost, all berries pack a powerful punch — and have some rather amazing benefits. Here are 8 of them.
- Strawberries abound with more vitamin C than oranges; they are also one of the best cures for constipation. The high fiber content of the fruit is known to help improve bowel function. And unlike prunes, which can have the opposite effect if you’re not properly hydrated, strawberries are 92 per cent water. The seeds (which are around 200 in every berry) brush through the gut undigested, helping to clean the gut wall and support colorectal health.
- Berries help prevent Parkinson’s disease. According to research, people who eat at least two servings of berries per week have a 25 percent less chance of developing Parkinson’s disease than their peers. The same study showed that men who consume the highest intake of flavonoids (which are abundant in berries) reduced their risk by 40 percent.
- A study done on endurance athletes suggested that frequent consumption of Blueberries significantly reduced oxidative stress and inflammation compared to that of a control group. It also helps reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
- Blackberries were called gout berry by the ancient Greeks as they were used as remedy for gout. Many generations ago in American folk medicine. Cherries were eventually discovered to obviously be more effective since cherries contain an enzyme that neutralizes uric acid.
- Raspberries can help fight inflammation in gout the same way that aspirin or ibuprofen does by shutting off signals sent by COX-1s and COX-2s enzymes which are accountable for the body’s inflammatory response. Raspberries also contain antioxidant carotenoids, ellagic acid and quercetin (a type of flavonoid antioxidant that’s found in plant foods, including leafy greens, tomatoes).
- Belly fat may be a signal of higher risk for certain diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Blueberries are proven to be helpful in boosting fat-burning in the abdomen and with lowering dangerous triglyceride levels.
- Berries can help you get great skin. Not just from the high water content and antioxidants in the berries you eat but by putting them on your skin as a face mask can tone and remove impurities. (Crush 2 tablespoons blueberries; mix with juice and 1 cup of brown sugar and 3 tablespoons fresh lemon. Softly scrub onto face and rinse with cool water.)
- A close relative of blueberries and huckleberries, bilberries have conventionally been a favored treatment for ulcers, so it is no surprise that they encourage the increase of protective mucus in the stomach.