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Eat More Berries To Improve Your Health and Live Longer

Updated on January 27, 2011
Whole cranberries being made into sauce - a nutritional powerhouse.
Whole cranberries being made into sauce - a nutritional powerhouse.

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, and cranberries - yum!  Berries are some of the best foods for our bodies and they are delicious too.  Berries are easy to love and easy to eat, which is good because they are extremely beneficial to our health.  Berries might be small, but they are packed with nutritional goodness. 

Here is a list of things that berries provide our bodies.

  • Vitamins C and E
  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Riboflavin
  • Polyphenols
  • Carotenoids
  • Niacin
  • Antioxidants

That is quite the list, but what do those things do for our bodies.  Berries are loaded with antioxidants which reverse a lot of the damage we do to our bodies each day.  Berries improve our cardiovascular health and prevent diseases such as cancer. Berries also have anti-aging properties.  Blueberries in particular have even been shown to reverse the effects of aging, including improving dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

Berries also are loaded with the flavonoid quercetin (especially cranberries).  Quercetin has serious anti-inflammatory properties, which is good for our entire body.  Berries also help our skin stay firm and elastic.  Another thing that the nutrients in berries do is to help our cells communicate better.  This is good for our entire bodies, but particularly our brains.  So have I sold you on berries yet?

Unless you live in a tropical climate it can be difficult to get fresh berries all year long.  That's OK though because the berries don't have to be fresh to be beneficial.  Fruit juice that is 100% fruit is an excellent source of these health benefits.  Whole fruit jams are also good sources.  Another thing to remember is that many times frozen foods have higher nutritional value than fresh foods. 

Fresh foods are picked usually before they are ripe and trucked thousands of miles to sit on grocery store shelves until purchased.  This can take a week or more.  Frozen foods are picked when they are ripe, washed immediately and frozen within hours when the nutritional content is higher.  Frozen berries are available year round.  You can eat them in smoothies, yogurt, baked goods, etc.  I eat a bowl full of raspberries almost every day.  I set them out to thaw about a half hour before lunch and they are delicious.

I am not a nutrition expert, but I love to read nutrition books so I can learn as much as I can about feeding my family healthy foods.  If there was one food I would recommend you eat more of, it would be berries.  If you want to read further about the nutritional benefits of berries (and many other foods) an excellent book I read recently is SuperFoods Rx by Steven G. Pratt, M.D., and Kathy Matthews. 

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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your good information.

    • chspublish profile image

      chspublish 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Berry good.

    • RicardoE profile image

      Ricardo Enrique 

      7 years ago from Guatemala City

      Now I want to eat berries :)

    • salt profile image

      salt 

      7 years ago from australia

      Great reading, thanks. Unless Im making something I dont tend to buy berries, yet I do eat alot of yogurt with berries and smoothies are great too... so I do eat them!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      They can be expensive when tying to provide for the whole family. Especially when you have kids.

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      cwarden 

      7 years ago from USA

      Berries are my favorite fruit! I always have some in my freezer and I probably eat some sort of berries each day. I wish I could have the fresh variety more often but am grateful for what I can get, especially since they are so healthy. Great information - thanks!

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      Donna Janelle 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Excellent information! I love eating berries...especially blueberries and raspberries! I didn't realize that berries had as many health benefits as they do. Frozen berries are usually cheaper than fresh ones at my grocery store so I think I may start buying those instead!

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      BlissfulWriter 

      7 years ago

      Most definitely. I love berries. They are high in anti-oxidation capabilities. Blueberries especially is also good for brain health. That's why some people nickname them "brain berries"

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      JD Barlow 

      7 years ago from Southeast US

      Great hub. We pick berries all summer and freeze them, so we can enjoy them all year long!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Jennifer, Great! Nice hub on the marvelous benefits of berries! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      UrsulaRose 

      7 years ago

      Yummo ... might just go and make me a berry smoothie for lunch!

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      One of my favorite breakfasts is whole grain toast spread with peanut butter and topped with sliced strawberries or fresh blueberries (instead of jam).

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      Apostle Jack 

      7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      You hit the nail on the head.

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