Berries are one of the healthiest foods and many experts encourage people to include berries in their diet. They are loaded with vitamins, folate, phytonutrients, antioxidants and fibre.
Some of the important benefits of eating berries are listed below:
- Berries are calming agents and help to keep stress in control.
- Berries help in weight loss.
- Berries help in prevention of diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer, diabetes and heart diseases.
- Berries help in reducing DNA damage which in turn prevents aging.
- Berries help in lowering the blood pressure.
- Berries help in improving the memory and other brain functions.
Some of the top berries that can be included in your diet are listed below –
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. Their deep blue colour is due the phytonutrient named anthocyanidins. It is a berry which has one of the highest amounts of antioxidants.
Due to its high antioxidant ability, it helps in preventing cataract, heart diseases, varicose veins and many other diseases. As compared to the other berries it has more carbohydrates, less fat and is sweet in taste. Blueberries are easily available, delicious and can be included in your diet.
Any fruit that is available seasonally should be included in your diet. Strawberries are nice juicy fruits which are loved by both, the young and the old. Their deep red colour is appetizing and good for health. They are high in phenol, an antioxidant phytonutrient which protects us from various diseases.
They are loaded with potassium, fibre, vitamins, folate, magnesium etc. They boost the immune system, lowers the risk of arthritis, gout, cancer and heart diseases.
Gooseberry, also known as amla, is grown all over the world and has immense health benefits. Initially they are sour in taste but later on they give a slight tinge of sweetness.
They are high in antioxidant properties, minerals and vitamins like phosphorus, iron, calcium etc. They help in enriching hair growth, eye care, controlling diabetes, easing digestion problems, easing menstrual cramps etc.
Blackberries are tasty berries loaded with vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, folate, niacin and many more. They also have calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and other minerals. Further they are also a good source of amino acids.
They help in improving the cognitive functions, boosting the immune system, improving digestion and maintaining healthy eyes and body etc. They have a high level of soluble fibre called as pectin, which helps in lowering cholesterol.
Cherries have quercetin, which helps in promoting cell and tissue health. They have melatonin which helps in getting good sleep. It helps in reducing muscle pain, belly fat, arthritis, inflammation etc.
Raspberries are rich in fibre, antioxidants and vitamins. They have a high amount of ellagic acid which prevents cancer. Raspberries help in losing weight, anti-aging process and boosting the immune system. Further they are said to be one of the best natural treatments for cancer due to the high presence of ellagic acid, quercetin, catechins, cyanidins etc.
They are available in different colours like pink, purple, black, yellow etc. You can add them in different recipes of deserts, milkshakes or just eat them raw.
Mulberries are filled with many nutrients like riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and calcium etc. These help in lowering the blood pressure, anti-aging process and improving the body metabolism. It improves the blood circulation and also prevents cancer and heart diseases.
Mulberries are a sweet hanging fruit that grows in different colours. Their leaves are used for silkworm feeding as well.
Black currants are loaded with various nutritional benefits. They are low fat, cholesterol free berries. Dried black currants are an excellent source of fibre, copper, potassium and manganese.
Black Currants help in blood circulation, immune system, kidney health, preventing diabetes etc. They are easily available throughout the year.
These are some of the important berries that need to be included in your diet. These berries are tasty and have different tastes. Ensure that your children and family members are introduced to berries early in life, so that they can enjoy these fruits.
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