From late June to the end of August berries come in and out of season: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries blueberries… If you are lucky enough to live further south your season of berries in even longer. Here are a number of reasons why you should add some fresh local berries to your diet this summer!
- Berries in general, Black Raspberries specifically, have been investigated in the prevention of colon cancer, esophageal cancer, and skin cancer.
- Berries are great source of dietary fiber! Fibre allows for a measured breakdown of simple sugars in the intestines reduces the occurrence of blood sugar spikes
- The pigment responsible for the beautiful range of colours in berries (anthocyanins) is also a fantastic antioxidant; offering a wide range of health benefits
- The phenols in strawberries fight against many inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis, cancer, asthma and atherosclerosis.
- Vitamin C, a large component of all berries, is an effective antioxidant and is vital for connective tissue formation, for young looking skin. In addition to Vitamin C berries also have a large amount of manganese, B-complex, magnesium & iron. (The amounts vary per variety).
- Exciting new evidence that blueberries can improve memory!
With many more benefits specific to particular berries there is no excuse not to add some fresh berries into your daily diet! Since recent research shows that berries are able to maintain most of their health properties even when frozen, summer is a great time to pick and add some to the freezer for the colder months to come.
So get outside, pick some berries and enjoy knowing that you are doing your body a favour!