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Berry Smart

By Ruchel Louis Coetzee
Posted On Jul 26, 2016
Berry Smart

Berries battle chronic disease and aging while prolonging mental sharpness, according to new Annals of Neurology stats. Here, our top reds and blues.

By Ruchel Louis Coetzee


These deep-purple berries are of interest to scientists for their high levels of phytonutrients, and even have a higher amount of antioxidants than their cousins, blueberries. Found in the heartland of North America, the aronia berry bolsters memory and cognitive brain function.


This beloved berry may be the star of countless tea  parties, but how much is known about its nutritional  value under all the whipped cream? Strawberries are  an excellent source of vitamin C and prove quite  exceptional in the antioxidant arena. They’re a  powerful one-two punch: delicious and nutritious!


Research shows that fl avonoid-rich berries, such as  black raspberries, are known to help reduce the risk  of colon cancer. Raspberries are also excellent for  weight management, as they’re rich in insoluble fi  ber. (This helps with the feeling of fullness.) Packed  with vitamins C and K, this succulent and colorful  berry is universal around the globe.


If you experience urinary tract infections, add these tart, red berries into your diet. A cup of cranberries actually has a higher diseasefi ghting antioxidant capacity than virtually all other fruits and vegetables.


Blueberry fi ber can be used in a diabetic diet as a serving of fruit, according to research. (One cup of blueberries delivers almost 14 percent of the recommended daily dose.) Add to that their high vitamin C and antioxidant capacity, and blueberries score a nutritional bull’s-eye