Hi guys! The other day I went out into my grandparent’s garden and picked a plate of berries that I had for breakfast. Not only are berries delicious, they are also very nutritious! I went with a red theme and picked some strawberries, raspberries, cherries and red currants. I did a little research on the health benefits of these 4 berries and thought I’d share them with you. I think it’s nice to actually know what the berries help with, instead of only hearing “they are good for you, eat them!”. I will leave the sources to the information below if you are interested to read more :)
- Low in calories (only 32 kcal/100g)
- Rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
- Scientific studies show that consumption of straw berries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.
- Fresh berries are an excellent source of vitamin C. After oranges/lemons it’s the most vitamin C packed food.
- Low in calories and saturated fats (52 kcal/100g)
- High in dietary fiber (100g of raspberries are 16% of the RDI of fiber)
- Is full of antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E. Vitamin C helps the body fight inflammation.
- Raspberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
- Contains vitamin B and K which helps the body’s metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
- Cherries are one of the very low calorie fruits, but are rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals (50-63 Kcal/100g depending on the type of berry)
- Cherries are anti-inflammatory can help against chronic painful episodes such as gout arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition) and sports injuries.
- Research studies suggest that anti-oxidant compounds in tart cherries help the human body to fight against cancers, aging and neurological diseases, and pre-diabetes condition.
- Redcurrants are rich in fiber, which aids good gut function and in the development of healthy gut microflora.
- It’s also rich in Vitamin C, which has vital protective antioxidant properties and fights against various forms of cancer,
- Redcurrants are very good for increasing the immune function in the body, and regular intake of redcurrants will reduce the risk of colon cancer.
- The berries are loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins that promote better eye vision.