Reds, purples, pinks, yellows, dark blues, magentas….all lusciously juicy, delicious and nutritious. It’s berry time of year again. Raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, loganberries, elderberries, blueberries, blackberries and bilberries!
Here is come berry information for you…
- Bilberries encourage good eye health. RAF pilots in World War II noticed that after eating bilberry jam their vision improved for the night-time bombing raids. Air traffic controllers, aeroplane pilots and truck drivers have also reported improved night vision when taking bilberry extract.
- Blackberries came first in berry research for reducing bad cholesterol (LDL). Raspberries, cherries, blueberries, and strawberries followed close behind. - Blueberries had the highest antioxidant phytonutrient content of 40 tested fruit and vegetables. This makes it real superfood, by helping to prevent cancer, ageing, heart problems, cataracts and to improve the immune system.
- Cranberries are the wonder berries for treating urinary tract infections. They prevent the bacteria E-Coli (a common bacteria in urinary tract infections), from sticking to the lining of the bladder wall, thereby preventing an infection like cystitis.
- Hippocrates referred to the medicinal properties of elderberries in his medicine chest in 400BC. They are particularly beneficial for fighting off viruses.
- Raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound that helps prevent cancer of the oesophagus (the food pipe from the mouth to the stomach), and helps keep pre-cancerous growths from becoming malignant.
- Strawberries contain more vitamin C than any other berry. Eight medium strawberries will provide 96mg
– more vitamin C than one medium-sized orange…or if you read my last article…160% of the RDA for vitamin C! Berr-you-go!