Of Babes and Berries: 5 Summer Berries With Super PowersMonica Bielanko
‘Tis the season for berries.
Gooseberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. Have you heard of loganberries?
Berries are everywhere.
Sold in supermarkets, roadside stands, straight from the Amish farms that dot the Pennsylvania countryside in which I live.
They can also be found in the Wendy’s Berry Almond Chicken Salad that I’ve been caught purchasing three times so far this summer. But hey! As you’re about to see, I’m not just eating at Wendy’s, people. I’m fighting wrinkles AND heart disease!
If you haven’t tried to give your toddler blueberries yet, you’re missing out. I’ve yet to meet a toddler who doesn’t like blueberries. I still cut Henry’s in half and he’ll eat a whole handful, lickety-split.
Violet has graduated to blueberries and cottage cheese, which, again, if you haven’t tried I suggest you get on it. The combination is spectacular. For breakfast, snacks, dessert after dinner, you can’t go wrong. Berries are like nature’s candy. Give your little ones a tasty snack without the mom guilt that accompanies real candy.
Below are the unbelievable health benefits of 5 of your favorite summer berries. Did you know strawberries have as much vitamin C as oranges. Who knew?
Check it out:
Blueberries 1 of 5Blueberries are AMAZING, in many ways better than medicines. In fact, they act like medicine. They contain anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, catechins, and salicylic acid which you probably know better as Aspirin. Yup, blueberries contain natural aspirin but taste a whole lot better. And no worry about side effects. Blueberries are proven to reduce heat shock proteins that are linked with some forms of brain disease, making these little marvels potent weapons in the prevention of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease as well as other neurological disorders. (Source: Care2.com)
Blackberries 2 of 5Loaded with vitamin C, blackberries also contain ellagic acid—an important phytonutrient that protects skin cells from damaging UV rays. Ellagic acid also prevents the breakdown of collagen in the skin that occurs as we age and is linked to wrinkling. According to ingredients.inc, blackberries,which are high in fiber, have also been known to protect against some types of cancer. If you want to read more about the amazing health benefits of blackberries click here.
Raspberries 3 of 5Raspberries are my personal favorite. Much like other berries, raspberries contain an important compound that is 10 times more effective at alleviating inflammation than aspirin. Containing the phytonutrient ellagic acid, raspberries can help protect against pollutants found in cigarette smoke, processed foods, and may neutralize some cancer-causing substances before they can damage healthy cells. Delicious and magical! (Source: nutritionandyou.com)
Loganberries 4 of 5You may not be familiar with this berry loganberries are a cross between blackberries and raspberries. They look like long raspberries. According to knoji.com, loganberries strengthen blood vessels, making them an excellent addition to help fight heart disease or varicose veins. They contain rutin, which research shows strengthens capillaries and improves circulation.
Strawberries 5 of 5Did you know that just eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange? And here the orange is hogging all the vitamin C limelight! Yep, according to healthdiaries.com, strawberries are antioxidant powerhouses. Whether you want to evade heart disease, arthritis, memory loss, wrinkling, or cancer, these berries have proven their ability to help.
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