With a perfect circle of smouldering sun in our English sky, it really is time that we celebrated this long awaited moment of joy with the promised goodness of berries. Here are some reasons why you should start your morning with a lovely handful of berries.
# 1 Memory Booster
Packed with antioxidants, berries are the splendid catalyst for reducing oxidative damage that occurs with aging. Blueberries in particular, are thought to increase verbal memory performance as per an article in the Journal of Nutrition.
# 2 Anti-Aging
Similarly, the anti-inflammatory polyphenolic compounds found in blueberries and strawberries may protect you against your aging brain and body. To keep your mind and body alert the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry advocate a diet rich in fruit such as berries.
# 3 Cancer Prevention
Numerous studies have explored the relationship of berries with cancer risk. A recent Polish study in Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis reported that flavonoids and polyphenol extracts from raspberries may quench the risk of colon cancer.
# 4 Vitamin C
A cup of strawberries provide more than 100mg of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is another antioxidant that is important for healthy teeth and gums. It enhances absorption of non-haem iron from plant sources and helps build your body’s defence against infection.
# 5 Low in Calories
A cup of strawberry halves will only set you back around 50 calories. Have another bowl and no-one will even notice. Only that healthy glow from eating the berries might give you away!
# 6 Quality Time with Kids
Berry picking is one the most fun activities that I’ve enjoyed with children in France. It truly is a wonderful and relaxing way to spend time with the children.
# 7 Taste & Colour
The beautiful shades of reds and purples also add colour and vibrancy to any dish. Not only do they dress up a lacklustre plate, the sweet juices from these fresh berries can tantalise just about anyone’s taste buds.
# 8 Party Starter
Hosting a party but you only have white wine for the aperitif? Don’t fret, ‘put a strawberry in it’ and you’ll literally get the party started!
Happy Summer! If you have great ideas for enjoying berries then please do share below.