Berry Good! Here's How Berries Boost Your Wellbeing
Here’s the thing: anything that tastes sweet and really good is usually unhealthy for our body. One of the few exceptions to this rule is the good ol’ berry. Amongst the most nutritious, healthiest foods you can eat, these colourful, bite-sized and heavenly fruits protect everything from your head, to your heart.
Be it strawberries, mulberries, blueberries, acai, raspberries, goji berries or blackberries – each one of them comes packed with vitamins, minerals and a plethora of health benefits.
Add them to your breakfast, eat them as dessert, or simply snack on them in between meals – as long as you’re getting your daily dose, it’s Berry Good!
Health Benefits of Berries
Following are some of the primary benefits of berries. Let's look at them in detail below.
When we say antioxidant rich, we mean loaded. To. The. Brim!
In fact, studies have suggested that blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have some of the highest antioxidant activity of any fruits.
This helps berries fight free radicals, prevent oxidative stress and its anti-inflammatory properties help protect you against infections and diseases too.
Aid Weight Loss
Goodbye, artificial sugar – hello, berries! In addition to being a ready healthy substitute for your sweet cravings, another of the many benefits of berries is that it gives us the feeling of being ‘full’, which means improved satiety.
Berries are also low in calories, which means it’s perfect for most diets. It tastes good, and helps keep your weight in check.
Good for your mouth, better for your system. What’s not to love?
High In Fibre
One of the most prominent health benefits of berries is that they are rich in dietary fibre. In fact, almost each berry contains 85% water, while the rest is mostly fibre. This helps your digestive and bowel health, making it an integral part of your diet.
Improve Blood Sugar Levels
It’s true – berries help keep your blood sugar levels in check. They also improve your insulin levels – and thanks to their high fibre and less sugar content, they’re the perfect sweet treats.
So if you have diabetes, or there is a history of the health condition in your family, berries actually are the perfect food for you.
Great for your Heart!
Think about it – for every piece of non-fat, cholesterol-free, antioxidant-rich food you eat, the further away you are from falling prey to heart diseases.
Berries not only lower your cholesterol levels, but also help improve the function of your arteries, and help control your blood pressure levels too.
Truth be told, berries are probably some of the best tasting, yet healthiest foods nature has to offer. In addition to the healthy benefits of berries mentioned above, they help fight urinary tract infections (UTI), give you a healthy gut, keep you mentally sharp, and give you great skin too.
So the next time you feel like digging into a cheesecake or snacking on some fried chips, replace it with a bowl of berries and thank us later!
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