Berries

Today’s post is not about a recipe. We are in August and this post is all about fresh fruit. If you agree with me, there are no additional ingredients needed to enjoy a fully ripened fruit in the summer time. The fruits are naturally sweet and juicy. They are not only incredible delicious, but also healthy. My post features two popular fruits from the berry family: Strawberry and Blueberry. In the following paragraphs, I am sharing with my reader community my research on some potential health benefits of my today’s chosen berry fruits.

Strawberries:

Are very high in water. Low carb content.

They are an excellent source of:

  • Vitamin C: An antioxidant for immune health and skin health.
  • Manganese: Supports enzyme function and fat metabolism.
  • Folate (Vitamin B9): Important for normal tissue growth and cell function.
  • Potassium: A mineral that has been linked to reduced blood pressure and may therefore help to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.
  • Dietary Fiber:
    • Helps feed the “good” bacteria in the gut and may improve digestive health.
    • May be beneficial for weight loss.

Blueberries:

Sometimes called the “King” of antioxidant foods among nutrition experts. They are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables. Low in calories and high in nutrients.

Blueberries are closely related to cranberries. They boast many of the same active substances as cranberry juice, such as helping fight bacteria that cause UTIs, also known as bladder infections.

They are an excellent source of:

  • Dietary Fiber: May help reduce blood sugar levels and is, therefore, beneficial against type 2 diabetes and for metabolic health.
  • Vitamin C: May help boost the immune system. May have positive effects on skin health, tissues, bones, teeth.
  • Vitamin K: An important nutrient that is involved in blood clotting and binding calcium. It may help prevent osteoporosis.
  • Other Powerful Antioxidant:
    • May help lower “bad” cholesterol. May help prevent risk factor for heart disease. May help lower blood pressure.
    • May help maintain brain function and may help improve memory. May have anti-diabetes effects.
    • May improve insulin sensitivity and may lower blood sugar levels.

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