Blackberries: The Darker the Better

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Blackberries

Blackberries may be among the most beneficial fruits to eat for cancer prevention.  Specifically, blackberries contain anthocyanins, (antioxidant flavonoids) which are powerful antigiogenic compounds. Simply put, these compounds stop the growth of tumors and progression of cancers by limiting their ability to form new blood vessels. Essentially they deprive the cancer cells of their blood supply. What’s not to love about that!?
It’s all about the pigment - with their dark blue color, blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of fruits. The other phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals found in blackberries help to strengthen the immune system in order to deactivate free radicals and reduce cancer risk.

Added Benefits

Other antioxidants in berries including vitamins C and E may also offer protection against other chronic diseases.   Blackberries have also been shown to boost your brain's ability to retain and recall information. No more “where are my keys?” It’s hard to beat the nutrient profile of blackberries. Just 1 cup provides you with 50% of your daily value of vitamin C. They’re a great source of fiber and only contain 43 calories! A guilt free sweet treat :) I make sure to include at least two types of dark berries in my daily diet. Usually on my morning GF steel cut oats or in my lunchtime salad. I feel better knowing I’ve started my day with some cancer fighting antioxidants! Pow! Try to include a cup of berries each day, as one of your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Yes, I said 5! A mixture of different berries is ideal, to ensure you get the variety of health benefits they all offer. If you can’t manage to eat them every day, aim for at least 3-4 times per week. Cooking doesn’t seem to destroy ellagic acid, so whether you eat them fresh or cooked, they will still retain their health properties.

Breakfast with a twist! Try this amazing Breakfast Bowl…what a way to start the day!

Antioxidant-packed Blackberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl from Hello Natural www.hellonatural.co Vegan Blackberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl 

Who said making jam had to take all day?

Here’s a quick, easy and healthy version from Two Peas and their Pod www.twopeasandtheirpod.com Blackberry Chia Seed Jam What berry are you sweet on? Share below.

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