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:


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.


A cross between blackberries and raspberries, these berries strengthen blood vessels, making them an excellent addition to help fight heart disease or varicose veins. They contain rutin, which research shows strengthens capillaries and improves circulation. They look like long raspberries.


Currants contain gamma-linolenic acid that inhibit the body’s histamine—the allergic response in reaction to pollens. That makes them great to help you avoid or eliminate sinus congestion and itchy eyes linked to seasonal allergies. Since they are tart, you might enjoy them best mixed with other berries.


Raspberries are still my favorite fruit. Raspberries, like other berries, contain an important compound that is 10 times more effective at alleviating inflammation than aspirin. Containing the phytonutrient ellagic acid, raspberries can help protect against pollutants found in cigarette smoke, processed foods, and may neutralize some cancer-causing substances before they can damage healthy cells. They’re delicious on their own, in a fruit salad, in a smoothie, or on top of a green salad.

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Gooseberries—the berries that resemble green grapes—help you to feel happier.  In recent research in the journal Experimental Neurobiology, scientists found that gooseberries contain a flavonoid called kaempferol that prevents the breakdown of brain hormones serotonin and dopamine. These brain chemicals naturally help us fight stress and keep our spirits up.


More than delicious, when it comes to disease prevention, these babies pack a serious punch. Not only do eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange, they are antioxidant powerhouses. Whether you want to evade heart disease, arthritis, memory loss, wrinkling, or cancer, these berries have proven their ability to help. Plus, they’re just so easy to get into your diet on a regular basis. Try my 5-Minute Strawberry Sorbet recipe.


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Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.about a year ago

I love wild blueberries and strawberries :)

Judy Apelis
Judy Apelisabout a year ago

Many thanks!!

Fi T.
Fi T.about a year ago

Treasure our natural resources

Kamia T.
Kamia T.about a year ago

Love all of them. I'm in the process of planting berry bushes on the property now, and hope to be able to harvest them in a few years.

Cosmic Sky
Cosmic Priceabout a year ago


Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin1 years ago

gotta love berries

Dale Overall

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.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

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

Zazgyva A.
Zazgyva A.3 years ago

the first time I heard about loganberries... thanks

Jinny L.
Jinny L.3 years ago

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