Nutrition and DietBerries: benefits and properties

Berries: benefits and properties

Berries benefits (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries), which provide interesting nutritional properties to care for and protect health.

Although from a botanical point of view berries are also common and well-known fruits and vegetables such as grapes, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers or persimmons, it is true that strawberries, blueberries, raspberries are usually known by this name. And blackberries.

Special mention should be made of the Goji berries, cherries from Tibet, which are scientifically known by the name of Lycium barbarum, and whose consumption has increased enormously in recent years.

It is common for berries to be eaten alone, or accompanied with natural yogurt or ice cream (in fact, they are delicious more accompanied than alone, in addition to their nutritional content increases).

Berries benefits

Useful for weight loss

In addition to being fruits low in fat (and therefore in calories), their slimming benefits do not come from this particular issue -that also-, but from their anthocyanin content.

Anthocyanin is an antioxidant capable of altering the activity of genes found in fat cells, so that when we consume berries regularly (or ultimately any other food rich in this antioxidant) we do not tend to gain so much weight.

Benefits to prevent cancer

Everyone knows that fruits are extremely beneficial when it comes to preventing cancer.

In this sense, berries are especially rich in folic acid, fiber and phytochemicals which act to prevent the appearance of cancer, thus reducing the chances of suffering from it.

Beneficial for eye health

Berries (especially raspberries and blueberries) are especially rich in lutein, a very important carotenoid for eye health, in turn helping to prevent cataracts.

You have more information in our article dedicated to food for sight and eyes.

They help delay aging

Its richness in antioxidants make berries suitable fruits against the main consequences of aging, helping to prevent free radical damage in our body.

 

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