Berries: How They Help Maintain a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

Consuming berries are a great way to increase your ability to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. Berries are natures candy. What we put in our bodies is a reflection of how our bodies will perform and function. Why not enjoy the amazing perks of berries? I will discuss the incredible strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry.

Strawberry:

Who doesn’t enjoy fresh strawberries from the garden? Strawberries are easy to grow, low in calories, low in natural sugar and they are very accessible at any grocery store. Strawberries provide fiber, potassium, antioxidants and packed with vitamin C. Strawberries actually have more Vitamin C than an orange. They are a great additive to oatmeal, cereal, or just a snack on the go.

Strawberries can assist in decreasing cholesterol, inflammation, blood sugar, blood pressure and so much more. There have been studies that have shown if you consume strawberries before a high sugar meal can dampen the response of a sugar spike. Also, since there are so many seeds on strawberries, this aids in increased fiber consumption. You can also get improved eye care, proper brain function, arthritis relief, gout relief, and other cardiovascular diseases. Strawberries are a great way to add a high volume of antioxidants into your system. When foods are rich in antioxidants it is a great health booster for our bodies.

Strawberries contain potassium which can help aid in eye care. Potassium helps maintain the pressure in our bodies, and the antioxidants in strawberries can help with ocular pressure. Strawberries are also full of Vitamin C which helps keep our immune system strong. Our immune system in our bodies is our defense against infections and other damaging conditions. The vitamin C in strawberries helps boost our immune system which helps control the negative byproducts in our body. One serving of strawberries is 150% of the recommended requirement for our bodies which is amazing!

Our brains also need a boost. The Vitamin C and potassium in strawberries can help rejuvenate our brain’s system. Strawberries can help increase blood flow to the brain which then leads to improved cognitive function. Also, there is been research that has shown higher levels of concentration and memory abilities.

Fun Facts About Strawberries:

The USA actually grows more strawberries than any other country. We produce about 3 billion pounds, California being one of the biggest producers. 90 percent of strawberries in the USA are grown in California. Strawberries come from a plant called Fragaria, and the small black seeds on the outside are actually a type of dry fruit called achene.

Blueberry:

Blueberries are a great tasting superfood that is great for your health and wellness with its Vitamin C and antioxidants. I personally love adding blueberries to my oatmeal and protein shakes. Blueberries are jammed full of antioxidants and rank number 1 in antioxidants, which is mainly due to the blue pigment that gives the berry its blue color.

There are so many benefits to blueberries, including preventing signs of aging, osteoporosis, hair loss, dementia, improves brain function, and eye care.

Just like strawberries, since they are so high in antioxidants, blueberries can help prevent some eye difficulties. They contain high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins that are very beneficial to eye health. With high levels of antioxidants, it can help with the degeneration of neurons in our brain which can help problems like dementia or Alzheimers. Also, these antioxidants can help heal damaged brain cells, so consuming blueberries is an excellent idea to keep you sharp and quick on your feet.

Fun Facts About Blueberries:

Blueberries are grown two different ways, in a highbush or a lowbush. The ones we normally find at the grocery store are usually from a highbush, and the ones used for processing into jams and juices are from a lowbush. The peak blueberry season in most areas of the USA is from June to August. There are 10 states the grow 98 percent of the U.S. blueberries, Michigan being the highest producer of 100 million pounds a year!! Also, blueberries are one of the few foods naturally blue in color.

Raspberry:

Raspberries are a juicy, sweet fruit which is known as “natures candy.” They are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and are one of the worlds most consumed berries by humans for thousands of years. When consuming this great fruit, it has been shown to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, while increasing energy and giving you a healthy glow.

Just like the other berries discussed above, there have been studies that show that flavonoids in berries help with memory intake while helping decrease cognitive diseases like dementia and Alzheimers. Why not enjoy this juicy flavorful fruit and get the many benefits of brainpower. Also, certian flavorings have been showing to decrease the inflammation which can lead to cardiovascular disease and helps you maintain a strong healthy heart.

Aedin Cassidy, Ph.D., MSc, BSc, a nutrition professor in the United Kingdom lead an 18 year study with Harvard School where she concluded, “for the first time that a regular, sustained intake of anthocyanins from berries can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 32 percent in young and middle-aged women.”

Raspberries can also help with diabetes and weight management since they’re full of fiber which helps keep your blood sugar stable. It has been shown in numerous studies that people who consume high fiber diets have lower blood sugar levels and improved insulin levels. Also, fiber helps promote daily excretion of toxins in our bodies which help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Also, diets with increased fiber have shown to lower blood pressure and help promote weight loss. Healthy adults should aim for 25-30 grams of fiber per day, and one cup of raspberries provides 8 grams of fiber.

Fun Facts About Raspberries:

Raspberries are a fruit from an aggregate fruit. This basically means it’s a fruit which produces a flower with multiple ovaries producing multiple fruits. There are approximately 200 different known types of raspberries, and on August 7th it is National Raspberries and Cream Day. The raspberry has been used on many occasions to cross other berries to create new species like the boysenberry and nessberry.

Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are a wonderful way to help increase and maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. These amazing fruits have the opportunity to help with weight loss, brain function, eye care, inflammation, heart health and so much more.

Chrissy

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