When we think about an anti-inflammatory diet, berries at your service.
Berries are nutrient-rich, low sugar, high fiber, are a top source of vitamins and minerals, and contain disease-fighting nutrients.
While all fruits tend to be abundant in disease-protective nutrients, berries have received particular attention for their potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Antioxidants are awesome because they absorb oxidative stress that we get from our environment—often through inflammatory foods like sugar and processed foods.
One of the superpowers of berries is that they are a significant source of anthocyanins, a group of antioxidants that give berries their vibrant red, blue, and purple colors.
Anthocyanins possess anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-obesity effects, as well as enhance heart health and help prevent cardiovascular disease.
Here are 3 (of many!) Fabulous Health Benefits of Berries
1. Berries Benefit the Brain
Anthocyanins are known to cross the blood-brain barrier and locate in learning and memory centers in the brain. The blood-brain barrier shields the brain from toxic substances in the blood, supplies brain tissues with nutrients, and filters harmful compounds from the brain back to the bloodstream.Anthocyanins may benefit your brain as these compounds can boost your memory, attention, and brain processing speed.
2. Berries Help Reduce Inflammation
Berries, especially blueberries, are full of vitamins and are extremely rich in antioxidants that fight inflammation. They also have chemicals that regulate your immune system, which in turn reduces inflammation.
3. Berries Support Blood Sugar Regulation
Berries are naturally low in natural sugar and carry a low glycemic load; therefore, they don't spike blood sugar levels like some other fruits including grapes, bananas, and dried fruit.So if you need help with blood sugar regulation, choose berries.
Remember, food diversity is key! Each type of berry has different qualities and nutrients, so it’s important to mix them up in your diet.
When you prioritize your health and an anti-inflammatory diet, it’s not just about eating this one little fruit. It’s about taking a holistic approach to your wellness. This includes eating a wide variety of wholesome foods, and incorporating anti-inflammatory lifestyle and mindset practices that support you on your path to reducing inflammation, feeling vibrant, and preventing and managing dis-ease.
Not sure where to begin? Let's get on a call to get you started.
Love, Your Wellness Coach,
P.S. Love berries? I've compiled 5 of my favorite berry recipes for you. Download your FREE Very Berry Anti-Inflammatory Recipe Guide today! berries.thewellnessheadquarters.com
P.P.S. Tune into podcast episode 87, The Bountiful Benefits of Berries.
August 24, 2022