Health Notes by Dr. Liz
The likes of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and other summertime berries are sweet nutritional delights. Each 1-cup serving of berries packs about 50% plus of vitamin C needs and a third of fiber needs in only 60 calories or less!
Plus, berries’ rich, deep colors come from special compounds called anthocyanins, which research studies show help stave off cancer and other chronic diseases such as heart disease and age-related changes in the brain that lead to memory loss.
Check out the bounty of beautiful (and beneficial!) berries ripe for the picking!
Strawberries: One cup supplies 130% of the Daily Value for vitamin C and the phytochemical ellagic acid known for its cancer-fighting power.
Blackberries: A 1-cup serving supplies a third of your fiber needs along with intensely purple-colored anthocyanins, which initial research suggests may help prevent cognitive decline seen in aging.
Blueberries: Particularly rich in anthocyanins, blueberries are noted for their high antioxidant levels, which gives this lusciously rich fruit its reputation for warding off many age-related conditions related to oxidative damage such as heart disease.
Raspberries: A sweet, creamy berry with more than 50% of the Daily Value of vitamin C per cup, raspberries also contain ellagic acid and quercetin, two phytochemicals that help fend off various types of cancer.