The health benefits of eating strawberries and blueberries each day can’t be over stated. Numerous studies have shown they are powerful antioxidants and prevent several types of cancers, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s.
The following information is courtesy of NutritionFacts.org.
“The consumption of strawberries and blueberries is associated with delayed cognitive aging by as much as 2.5 years, and may reduce Alzheimer’s disease and cardiac disease by inhibiting platelet aggregation.
Eating strawberries may also lower the risk for cancer, possibly due to the phytonutrient fisitin, which may help prevent a tumor from establishing a blood supply. 20 mg of vitamin C from just two strawberries is enough to block production of cancerous nitrosamines from the nitrites coming off our tongue. Research has also shown strawberries to reduce liver cancer cell growth by half. Organic strawberries, rather than non-organic, are better at preventing cervical, colon, and breast cancer cell growth. Strawberries may also help reduce breast cancer risk and the progression of esophageal cancer.”
All berries are the healthiest fruits we can consume, in part because of their pigment. Their bright colors advertise the health benefits of their high levels of antioxidants. Like beta-carotene in sweet potatoes and of course the anthocyanin that make blueberries blue.
The following information is also courtesy of NutritionFacts.org.
“Second only to herbs and spices as the most antioxidant-packed food category, berries, as a group, average nearly ten times more antioxidants than other fruits and vegetables (and exceed 50 times more than animal-based foods).
Berries offer potential protection against cancer, a boost to the immune system, and are a guard for the liver and brain. An American Cancer Society study of nearly one-hundred thousand people found that those who ate the most berries appeared significantly less likely to die of cardiovascular disease.
Some of their antioxidant properties may traverse the blood-brain barrier, potentially providing neuroprotective effects by defending against free radicals – that is, protecting against the “rusting” of the brain. Blueberries appear to improve memory in older adults and may protect against Parkinson’s disease.”
Blueberries and athletes
Blueberries have also been shown to reduce the oxidative stress in athletes caused by long-distance running and doubling the counts of their natural killer cells, white blood cells that are vital members of the immune system’s rapid-response tam against virus-infected and cancerous cells.
Worried about fructose in whole fruits… don’t
If you’re worried that eating fruits is bad because of fructose, you have nothing to worry about. Whole fruits do not have the negative health effects that fructose in sugar and high fructose corn syrup does. So, be sure to get your daily serving of strawberries and blueberries!