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7 Super-Healing Summer Berries

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7 Super-Healing Summer Berries

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:

Blackberries

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

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.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:18PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

gotta love berries

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Delightful, have not had gooseberries for awhile, these used to grow wild when I lived on a farm. So did blackberries, raspberries and small strawberries packed with flavour. Just love wild blueberries that are all blue inside as well as outside.

3:21PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

I love gooseberries, but I have only been able to find them dried.

1:55AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

the first time I heard about loganberries... thanks

5:33AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Delicious and healthy - two of the reasons we have a certified organic blueberry farm. Thanks for the article!

5:21AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

I absolutely ADORE strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries! Such a shame that they are not readily available all year long!

8:52AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Especially the parasites that live on them have healing properties? Yuk.

1:10PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

oh i love raspberries too :D

11:00AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Also blueberries contain pterosilbene which is an antioxidant. Pterosilbene also lowers bad cholesterol and reduces inflamation.

7:56AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Thanks for the reminder! I have lupus, so anything even remotely healing is greatly appreciated.

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