The Power of Berries

We have been looking at foods that punch above their weight and berries really do this. Plus they are in season at the moment. Apart from being delicious, all the deep coloured berries including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants have major health benefits. They have good levels of fibre and their sugar content is lower than many other fruits. Their sugar is released more slowly, so they are helpful for managing blood sugar and controlling weight.All berries have high levels of Vitamin C which is crucial for our immune system. They also have a range of other protective nutrients which can have measurable effects in our bodies. Strawberries and blueberries contain anthocyanins which can support learning and memory.All berries contain flavonoids which can be beneficial for heart health by improving blood flow, reducing cholesterol and reducing blood pressure. Research is ongoing as to whether they can reduce the activity of cancer causing genes. Cranberries and blueberries are also supportive of the urinary tract.It is easy to include berries in your diet. They are fantastic added to your porridge, muesli, or morning smoothie. You can include them in salads for a bit of sweetness and they are great as snacks alongside a handful of nuts or seeds. When they are not in season frozen berries make a great alternative and you can have as many as you...
Another reason to eat your greens

Another reason to eat your greens

Green leafy veg and immunity Green leafy veg are good sources of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant that can reduce inflammation and boost immune function by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body. Other excellent sources include sweet potatoes and carrots. Vitamins C and E: Vitamins C and E are antioxidants that help to destroy free radicals and support the body’s natural immune response. Kale and Broccoli are good sources of vitamin C (as well as red peppers, oranges, strawberries, mangoes, lemons, and other fruits and vegetables). Spinach, and broccoli are sources of Vitamin E (other sources include nuts, seeds)Green leafy veg are also an important source of folic acid. The effects of folic acid deficiency show that antibody response to several antigens is decreased.Folic acid is also important for many other functions in the body such as healthy DNA replication and for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Try eating a salad of spinach and watercress before your evening meal, adding broccoli to soups and raw in salads, or adding some spinach or kale to your...