08 July, 2011
What Are the Benefits of Blueberries & Blackberries?
According to SmartPublications.com, berries can help to prevent certain types of diseases and cancer, and provide a number of health benefits. Blueberries and blackberries have powerful antioxidant properties that provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals needed for optimum function. While there is some scientific research that supports these berries' abilities to prevent diseases and provide health benefits, be sure to consult your health-care provider for more information.
Blueberries and blackberries contain potent antioxidants that are essential for proper health. According to SmartPublications.com, these berries contain a significant serving of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are important to healthy function of the body’s various organs. Dark berries in particular, including blueberries and blackberries, also contain lutein, which is important for healthy vision.
According to WomenFitness.net, blueberries contain the highest amount of antioxidants in comparison to most other fruits. Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, and copper, which are highly beneficial for the immune system. Additionally, these berries contain a significant amount of iron, which naturally boosts immunity by increasing hemoglobin and oxygen concentrations in the blood. The effect results in your body’s ability to fight infections, prevent colds and flu, and ward off other viral and bacterial diseases.
In addition to these various health benefits, blueberries and blackberries may also prevent cancer, according to Vital Choices Newsletter online. Blueberries contain the antioxidant, anthocyanin, which has the power to help prevent cancer in each of its phases, including initiation, promotion and proliferation. Additionally, blueberries and blackberries may help battle oxidative stress and inflammation, which may ultimately lead to various types of cancer.
Urinary Tract Health
Blueberries and blackberries are effective natural treatments for urinary tract infections, according to WomenFitness.net. People who are susceptible to developing urinary tract infections experience a build-up of bacteria along the inner lining of the urinary tract. This results in inflammation and a burning sensation during urination, among other problems. Blueberries and blackberries effectively combat this issue by naturally helping to prevent the growth of bacteria and reduce the risk of infection.
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