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Besides being delicious, low-sugar fruits, berries have amazing health benefits that often go unnoticed.
Well we’re going to notice them today!
Let’s go over just four of the amazing benefits of berries.
Here we go:
Berries Could Fight Cancer
Researchers out of UCLA found that berry extracts were able to inhibit tumor cell proliferation by up to 90% in some cases in an in vitro setting.
All berry extracts tested also showed a tremendous ability to induce apoptosis (cancer cell death) in tumor cells with the exception of cranberry. Some berries induced apoptosis at up to 3 times as much as the control!
Berries Could Help Prevent UTIs
In a study published in the March 2003 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers conducted a survey via questionnaire comparing women who had experienced urinary tract infections (UTI) against those who had not.
Among other positive lifestyle habits, such as consuming fermented milk products three times a week, they found that those who consumed fresh berry juices had odds of just 28 out of 100 of contracting a UTI.
Berries Could Reduce Obesity-Related Diseases
In a 2017 study published in the journal Food and Function, researchers found that rats fed a freeze-dried berry powder (5:1 strawberry to blueberry) experienced the following:
- significantly reduced weight gain
- reduced visceral adipose accumulation (fat around the internal organs)
- inhibition of both adipogenesis and lipogenesis (two forms of fat or fatty tissue formation)
- reduced insulin resistance
- and reduced inflammation
(Animal research is not supported here. These findings are presented for your information only.)
Wild Blueberries Could Reduce Inflammation
In a 2013 study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers from the University of Maine and the University of Milan found that obese rats fed a diet containing 8% freeze-dried wild blueberry powder experienced the following reductions in inflammatory markers in blood plasma, when compared to the control:
- IL-6: 14.9%
- TNF-α: 25.6%
They experienced even greater reductions in the liver:
- IL-6: 65%
- TNF-α: 59%
- NF-kB: 25%
Berries Have a Laundry List of Benefits
This is likely just scratching the surface of the benefits of berries, but as you can see they could be a powerhouse of healing nutrition when consumed appropriately.
So talk to your doctor about the best way(s) to incorporate berries into your dietary plan and if they are right for you.
As always, here’s to your health!
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