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7 Super-Healing Summer Berries

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Loganberries

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

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

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.

Image credit (loganberry): ndrwfgg / Flickr

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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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