Food for thought: Berry, berry good – The National

| June 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Berries positively affect our health.

Laura Holland

Not only is the berry family juicy and delicious – making the perfect cooling summer dessert – they are also known for their health benefits, with many clinical studies providing evidence of their healing and medicinal qualities.

Berries have anti-ageing effects, can lower blood pressure and give you a healthy heart.

Scientists have yet to confirm how and why berries positively affect our health in the way they do. But according to a report in Science Daily and research underway at Aarhus University’s Department of Food Science by Christian Clement Yde, the key is all within the fruit’s colour and polyphenols, or -antioxidants.

Each type of berry is slightly different: for example, the contrast in colour between blueberries and strawberries is created by different pigments and polyphenols and provides each berry with a unique nutritional profile that will have differing health benefits.

We may have yet to understand why, but we do already know what each berry can do for our health.

So, which berry will best address your specific health challenges and concerns?

So, which berry will best address your specific health challenges and concerns?

Strawberries

Contain lots of antioxidants that provide anti–inflammatory benefits. Can also help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Another fascinating area of expertise for strawberries is blood sugar management. Research has shown that consumption of strawberries helps minimise blood sugar spikes when eating sugary foods.

Contain lots of antioxidants that provide anti–inflammatory benefits. Can also help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Another fascinating area of expertise for strawberries is blood sugar management. Research has shown that consumption of strawberries helps minimise blood sugar spikes when eating sugary foods.

Contain lots of antioxidants that provide anti–inflammatory benefits. Can also help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Another fascinating area of expertise for strawberries is blood sugar management. Research has shown that consumption of strawberries helps minimise blood sugar spikes when eating sugary foods.

Raspberries

Contain high levels of ellagic acid, an antioxidant which can prevent cancer, according to the American Cancer Association. They are particularly beneficial for the prevention of cervical, esophageal and colon cancer. Raspberry ketones also boost metabolism and help the body burn fat.

Blueberries

Ranked No 1 out of 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant content by a study at Tufts University in the US. Blueberries are also well documented for their ability to lower the risk of both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Goji berries

A fountain of youth, a claim substantiated by their ability to boost human growth hormone production, which naturally decreases as we age. They are also an adaptogen – meaning they help create balance in the body.

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