Berries are a delicious addition to any diet. But, taste is not the only reason to love them. Here’s why you should add these seven super-healing summer berries to your diet:
Loaded with vitamin C, blackberries also contain ellagic acid—an important phytonutrient that protects skin cells from damaging UV rays. Ellagic acid also prevents the breakdown of collagen in the skin that occurs as we age and is linked to wrinkling.
Blueberries are phytonutrient powerhouses. They contain: anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, catechins, and salicylic acid. If the latter sounds familiar, you may recognize it as the drug we’ve come to know as Aspirin. That’s right—blueberries contain natural aspirin, but in this beautiful and delicious packaging offered by Mother Nature, there’s no worry about harmful side effects. What’s more, blueberries are proven to reduce heat shock proteins that are linked with some forms of brain disease, making these little marvels potent weapons in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as other neurological disorders.