7 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Berries

There are few foods that live up to the true meaning behind a ‘superfood’. However, berries meet the hype that comes with the title. From their loaded nutrition to revitalising qualities for both your skin and stomach, there’s a lot more than meets the taste buds when it comes to throwing these onto your morning oats or afternoon slice of cheesecake.

 

Here are seven reasons why you should be eating more berries:

 

  1. Berries are full of antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds which protect your cells and reduce your risk of diseases. A study has shown that raspberries, blackberries and blueberries have the highest level of antioxidant activity amongst frequently eaten fruits. These little legends are ideal for volume eating as their calories per cup remain amongst the lowest in the fruit family.

 

2. High in fibre

Berries are a rich source of fibre, especially soluble fibre. According to research, eating soluble fibre slows the passage of food through your digestive tract, resulting in a decreased appetite and greater feelings of fullness. There’s no shock that they’re renowned for their breakfast popularity. When constructing your most important meal of the day, try supercharging it with some raspberries on top - 8g of fibre per cup.  

 

3. High in nutrients

They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. Particularly strawberries, which have a lot of vitamin C. 150g of strawberries contains 150 percent of the recommended dietary intake for vitamin C. Whether that’s sliced into a crumble or blended in a smoothie, it’s satisfying to know you’re making a healthy choice whilst indulging in something on the sweet side.

 

4. Boosts brain functioning

Berries improve cognitive function. One of the greatest aspects of berries is their connection to brain health. They alleviate inflammation, protect brain cells from free radicals, and boost neuroplasticity.

 

5. Promotes skin health

Antioxidants in berries aid in the fight against ageing free-radicals caused by pollution, sun exposure and tobacco. To prevent the breakdown of collagen, setting in of wrinkles and appearance of fine lines and dark circles, berries will build a layer of defense against these pesky causes.

 

6. Lower your blood pressure

Anthocyanins - the chemical that gives the black to blackberries and the blue to blueberries - are responsible for the decrease in blood pressure and, in turn, the prevention of cardiovascular disorders amongst other diseases, such as diabetes and cancer.

 

7. They taste incredible

With a plethora of recipes in books, online and handed down through generations, incorporating berries into your diet could not be any easier. We think they’re… well.. berry nice.