Top three Health Benefits of Berries

Here is a great news for all the people who love eating berries with their favourite ice cream or in their cereal, they are loaded with numerous health benefits. Some of the commonly eaten berries are Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries and raspberries.  

The cultivation of various types of berries dates way back to the many centuries ago. They were intially cultivated in Europe and also in other countries like Japan, and North America. Some of the less known berries are Lingonberry, Gooseberry, Dewberry, Huckleberry, and cloudberry.  

Berries are considered to be some of the healthiest foods that one must consume. Let us look at their health benefits.

1.    Good for heart- Berries are known to be an excellent food for the heart. They are loaded with Polyphenols, which prevent cancer and even cardiovascular diseases. Strawberries contain vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for your heart. Blueberries are rich in a compound,  that help in preventing buildup of plaque and widens the arteries.

2.    Promotes weight loss- Due to their liquid content and fibre they are known to help those who are planning on shedding those extra kilos. For example when blueberries are incorporated into a low- fat diet then they not only improve blood sugar levels but will also lower triglycerides; Which further helps in reducing weight.

3.    Essential for glowing skin- Berries are loaded with antioxidants, that help in controlling free radicals. Free radicals are one of the leading factors of skin damage. This amazing food is also produces collagen, which helps to keep your skin smooth and radiant.

A few more health benefits are eating berries prevents Alzheimers, Parkinson's disease, controls diabetes, and keeps you mentally active. Berries can be eaten by itself or you can incorporate them in tasty oatmeal, yogurt and salads.

-Akhila Kakarala
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