Monday, July 2, 2012

Health benefits of Berries

Healthy Reasons to Enjoy Berries for Beauty and Body

Berries are packed with nutrients to help give you a healthy body and a beautiful appearance. Here are some of the rewards you can look forward to by including berries in your diet.

Daily Vitamins

Berries contain vitamins like A, C and E that are needed everyday. Your body should get these vitamins daily to maintain immune system health and rebuild and repair itself.

Essential Antioxidants

Berries are packed with antioxidants that protect our cells and fight against diseases and cancers.

Improving Digestion

Berries, especially raspberries, contain an abundance of fiber to help promote healthy digestion.

Skin benefits 

The combination of vitamin C and the vast amount of antioxidants found in berries may help prevent sun damage, and provide your skin with a healthy glow.

May help reduce belly fat

Studies have shown that foods rich in anthocyanins, the pigment that gives blueberries their beautiful color, can alter fat cell function and fat storage.      

Improving bone health

Polyphenols may help women especially after menopause maintain bone density, says the researchers from Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

My Favorite Easy Berry Ideas:  

  1. Buy frozen berries!! (Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have the best selection)
  2. Yogurt parfaits- live-cultured fat free yogurt with any berry mixture, topped with flaxseed or walnuts.
  3. Smoothie- mix berries with banana, flaxseed, live-cultured fat free yogurt, fat free milk or soy milk and ice.

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