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A Berry A Day


Berries are not very high in sugar, and have high fibre content. These are just a few of the many reasons you must include berries in your diet. Read on to learn more about the health benefits of berries.


Berries are one of the healthiest foods that one must include in his or her diet. They provide innumerable health benefits. They are high in many essential nutrients. Let us now take an in-depth look at the health benefits of berries.


Free Radicals

The human body houses thousands of electrons. These electrons exist in pairs, and thus form a stable bond. As the body ages, different factors cause these pairs to split up. Thus unstable free radicals are created. These unpaired electrons are highly energetic and seek out other electrons with which to pair. If a free radical attaches itself to another free radical, it stabilizes. But it also can attach itself to paired electrons, stealing them and causing the pair to split creating another free radical. This can create havoc within the body.


Anti Oxidants

An anti oxidant is a substance that absorbs free radicals in the body, and prevents it from creating havoc. Vitamin C is a rich anti-oxidant, and foods rich in Vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, potatoes and broccoli. However, various studies show that of all fruits, berries - especially blue berries and strawberries, contain the highest anti-oxidant properties.


Anti-Aging

The breaking down of molecules is a by-product of ageing, and by combating free radicals berries help delay the onset of ageing.


Cancer Prevention

Free radicals are also associated with cancer, Alzheimer's, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and a host of other health issues. As antioxidants neutralize these nasty little radicals, they reduce the risk of contracting these diseases.


Urinary Tract

Cranberries contain tannin, which clears the urinary tract of bacteria. It helps prevent any urinary infection.


Freeze Them

Unfortunately, berries are not available all year round. However, they are easy to freeze, and retain all their nutritional value even if eaten months later, if they have been frozen. So just buy all you can get your hands on, and dump them in the freezer!


List of Berries and their Health Benefits

Here is the list of berries which can be included in the diet to reap their health benefits.

Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is one of the healthiest berries on this planet. It has many properties that can improve the overall health of an individual. To name a few, it helps to boost fertility, it helps to have healthy hair and skin, helps to flush out the toxins etc.

Grapes

Grapes are excellent for lowering blood pressure as well as the heart rate. According to a certain study, eating grapes thrice a week is likely to help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Grape juice is also known to boost the brain power and memory. However, they should be eaten in moderation.

Strawberries

Strawberries are a very good source of manganese, potassium, folic acid and fibre. There are a storehouse of vitamin C and K. Consumption of strawberries help to reduce the risk of heart diseases and inflammatory disorders.

Blue Berries

Blue berries are rich in anthocyanins which help to reduce the risk of heart diseases. Therefore, healthy as well as those people who are at risk of developing heart diseases can include them in their diet. They also help to boost the functioning of arteries.

Goan Berries (Kanntams)

These berries are also known as Karvindas or Karondas. They are blakish-purple in colour and have a sweetish-sour taste.  They are very good for soothing the body during scorching summers. They are known to boost the female libido. They help in improving the appetite and getting rid of intestinal worm. They also help in lowering the cholesterol levels. They have a lot of medicinal value due to their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

There are wide varieties of Indian berries possessing medicinal properties that can be included in the diet. Indian berries like Jamun, Bora,

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Ayesha.4 years ago
Very informative article on berries
 
 
 
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navya.9 years ago
each of these berries' smoothies shall be an excellent part to breakfast.
 
 
 
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richa.9 years ago
carrots help in making your lips and skin soft,supple and smooth.
 
 
 
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yadagiri.9 years ago
seebuk berry is available in the foot of himalaya which used by the indian army as enargitic food. it can called as sangeevani. is there any company is producing it and markating?, please answer any body knows
 
 
 
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yadagiri.9 years ago
seebuk berry is available in the foot of himalaya which used by the indian army as enargitic food. it can called as sangeevani. is there any company is producing it and markating?, please answer any body knows
 
 
 
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