September 6, 2016 – Be Healthwise: Blackberries Are Top Orac Fruits With Cancer Prevention Power
Blackberries are nutritionally packed with vitamins C, E, A, & K, minerals magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, and antioxidants such as ellagic acid. Blackberries contain powerful anti-carcinogenic agents making them one of the top ORAC fruits available and one of the best fruits to eat to help prevent cancer.
The anthocyanins in blackberries (which give them their dark color) have the ability to significantly reduce inflammation which benefits autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular diseases.
The phytoestrogens in blackberries aid in the prevention of breast and cervical cancer and can relieve estrogen related symptoms such as PMS, bloating, food cravings, & hot flashes. They also contain salicylic acid which can inhibit atherosclerosis and protect against heart disease similarly to the way aspirin does. Blackberries can help improve eyesight and help prevent macular degeneration.
The high vitamin c content in blackberries greatly support the immune system, aids in the ability to fight infection, and provides powerful anti-aging benefits. Blackberries high fiber content promotes healthy digestion and assimilation and aids in maintaining bowel regularity which decreases the risk of colon cancer.
Try making a simple breakfast or desert of a bowl of blackberries, drizzled with a little raw honey, and a sprinkle of shredded coconut. This delicious and antioxidant packed treat will both energize and nourish your mind and body.