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This week on Beauty Blends we're going to discuss the benefits of berries. Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberries and Blackberries! Berries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. You will impressed with the wonderful benefits of the powerful fruits. So let's get into it!
Berries are loaded with antioxidants which help keep free radicals under control. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are beneficial in small amounts but can damage your cells when their numbers get too high, causing oxidative stress. What does all of this mean? Berries may help reduce wrinkles as free radicals are one of the leading causes of skin damage that contributes to aging. Bottom line, it can slow the process of aging and help you age gracefully😉
Berries also provides many nutrients (vitamins and minerals). Strawberries especially are high in Vitamin C. With the exception of Vitamin C, all berries are fairly similar in terms of their vitamin and mineral content. They include Manganese, Vitamin K1, Copper and Folate.
Also note, through research, ellagic acid appears to the responsible for the skin benefits of berries.
Now that we've learned about berries collectively, let's see how each one contributes to health and beauty.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and protective plant compounds like anthocyanins and can help fight inflammation. They may improve brain, eye and heart health, and help to reduce cancer risk.
Raspberries contain dietary fiber and polyphenols, which both play an important role in a cancer-protective diet. 1 cup of raspberries contains 8g of fiber!
Blackberries are another great source of dietary fiber. One cup of blackberries contains 8g of fiber and these berries are high in Vitamin C.
Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and manganese and are rich in plant compounds, like polyphenols.
So how can we add these wonderful fruits into our diet? Let's make a smoothie!
Berry Berry Smoothie!
- Add 1 to 1.5 cups of berries (fresh or frozen)
- Add 1/2 to 1 cup liquid (this could be milk, yogurt, water, vanilla protein)
- Your favorite sweetener (optional)
Add berries and liquid to blender, blend then taste. Add additional liquid for consistency and sweetener if needed.
Note: you can use a mixture of all berries or just one for your smoothie.
I hope you enjoyed today's blog. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Also, share your favorite berry recipe.
Until next time,