4 Reasons to Eat Organic Berries
Don’t get me wrong, I love most fruits. But, there is something special about organic berries that always keeps me going back. Besides the endless nutrition benefits, they taste SO GOOD. Have you ever thought about how each kind of berry has such a distinct taste? Isn’t it amazing? (I am probably the only one who seems to have these thoughts but whatever.) I choose organic berries because berries tend to have the highest chance of being sprayed with pesticides. They are part of the dirty dozen, strawberries specifically, and I choose to not take my chances on this stuff. If this doesn’t make you want to eat berries, I don’t know what will.
Remember I am not a doctor. I am only making suggestions and using information based on what I believe in, support, and have learned throughout my studies.
Before I get started with the nitty-gritty benefits let’s break down each berry (in terms of benefits…not looks!):
Blueberries are powerful. They are considered the antioxidant power house and contain more antioxidants than broccoli, squash, and carrots. They protect our brains and can help maintain our heart health.
Not only are they my favorite fruit, but they are the are a good source of Vitamin C, folate, Vitamin B2 & B3, and magnesium. Raspberries contain ellagitannins—protect against cancer cells.
Blackberries are the beauty berry (I say!). Blackberries strengthen our collagen structure (awesome for people, like myself, who cannot do collagen peptides or powders), improve brain function, and are packed with Vitamin C & E.
Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and folate. Packed with antioxidants, strawberries help defend against heart disease, cancer, and are an anti-inflammatory compound.
Has that convinced you to eat berries every damn day? If not, here are 6 reasons to eat a variety of berries:
Besides lowering cholesterol, berries are extremely important for hearth health, specifically our arteries. Berries have been shown to help improve the function of our endothelial cells. Endothelial cells line our blood vessels to control our blood pressure and prevent blood clots. When these are inflamed, they do not work properly, we develop a higher risk for heart disease, blood clots, or irregular heart beats. Are berries the cure to this? No. But, they can help regulate our cells in order to function properly.
High in fiber and various nutrients while still on the low glycemic scale, berries promote an anti inflammatory diet. But, what is inflammation? Inflammation in the body is our bodies’ response to fighting against an infection, injury, or upset. We want to consume anti inflammatory foods to make sure our bodies are never in this state. When are bodies are in this state, we have a higher chance of battling with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and many other risky diseases. The antioxidants that berries contain help lower inflammatory markers in the body. There are so many foods on the anti inflammatory food list, but berries are the easiest little things to pop in your mouth. Add berries to your morning routine (like myself!), add them to your smoothies, or snack on them throughout the day.
What even are antioxidants? To sum it up, antioxidants protect our cells against free radical damage. Antioxidants are powerful in neutralizing free radicals in our bodies when we are exposed. The three antioxidants that are found in berries are anthocyanins, ellagic acid and resveratrol. In addition to protecting our cells against free radical damage, these antioxidants can prevent disease in our bodies. Are they the only thing that protects us against free radical damage? No. Will berries cure you from a disease? No. But, when you regularly give your bodies these things, we have a higher chance of maintaining a healthy system. Make sense? Please do not go shoving your face with berries one time thinking that you might have these affects.
Berries can promote glowing skin! Why? Due to the levels of antioxidants found in berries helping to control free radical damage, the skin is protected against sun damage. If you are like myself and cannot do powder collagen or collagen peptides, berries are your best bet. Ellagic acid, one of the many antioxidants in berries, is responsible for repairing skin damage and helping maintain strong, firm skin.
If this doesn’t make you want to incorporate berries into your diet, what will? My favorite place to get organic berries is the farmers’ market. even when berries are not in season (summer), i try to find the best quality i can. Nothing is perfect. No diet is perfect. No food will cure your issues. But, when we are educated about the benefits of foods, we can start incorporating them into our diets.
When we have a healthy diet, we have a healthy body. When we have a healthy body, we have a healthy life. When we have a healthy life, we have a happy life.