Why Eat Berries? I’ll Tell You Why!
OK so what do berries really have to do with longevity?
Well, first let’s look at your car, if you change the oil in your car when required and you put a protectant on your paint and upholstery, it’s a given that your car will run better and last longer. Well the same goes for the human body. “ADD IN” the good stuff and you get good stuff back. Better health = extended life & extended independence.
So here are a few benefits that berries provide: essential amino acids, trace minerals, vitamins, linoleic acid, selenium, germanium, beta-carotene, and phytonutrients, which reduce the chances of heart disease, cataracts, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, glaucoma, and peptic ulcers, just to name a few.
Now I’m not going to play the fear card (even if it is readily available), what I am going to say is that it’s important to “ADD IN” foods that serve our bodies well and reduce the foods that are causing our bodies harm.
And berries are certainly one of those super foods that benefit our long-term health (longevity).
Now I’m sure some of you are thinking “I’m on a tight budget now!” Well I personally think your body is worth the investment – BECAUSE – if you don’t invest now, you’ll pay a great deal more down the road for negative related health issues.
So let’s justify the expense here of “ADDING IN” some berries this week: Strawberries today at Kroger’s (a grocery store chain in the US) $1.00 per package. OK this is a great deal – but hey I just plugged in strawberries and this is what I got. So you will get 4 good servings of strawberries here – so that’s two people – twice a week – at 50 cents a person and you have your berries this week.
If you want to eat organic go there – BUT – for me it’s about “ADDING IN” – ONE STEP AT A TIME – so let’s start “ADDING IN” and then let’s expand from there. The key here is all about getting started. AND you can even start with frozen berries, because many times frozen berries are ideal, because they were picked after the berry had an opportunity to ripen on the bush.
OK – so now expand your knowledge on berries by reading the following article.
9 Amazing Health Benefits of Berries
If someone offered you a pill that helped you feel full, lose weight, and prevent disease, you’d take it, right? And what if it tasted great, too? Fortunately, you don’t have to go to your doctor for that kind of prescription. You just need to visit your grocery store and load up on a wide selection of fresh or frozen berries.
What makes berries so special is their high levels of phytochemicals — those naturally occurring nutrients that help protect cells from damage, says registered dietitian Nancy Copperman, MS, RD, CDN, director of public health initiatives for the Office of Community Health at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. So snag some blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries and start munching. Here are nine great reasons why:
Women who eat about two servings of strawberries or one serving of blueberries a week experienced less mental decline over time than peers who went without these nutrition powerhouses, research published in the Annals of Neurology found. In the study, researchers reviewed data from 16,010 women over age 70. Those with the highest berry intake postponed cognitive decline by about two and a half years. “We think that the effect might be related to a class of compounds called anthocyanidins, which is a type of flavonoid,” explains study author Elizabeth Devore, ScD, an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “These compounds, found almost exclusively in berries, are known to cross the blood-brain barrier and locate in learning and memory centers in the brain.”
Berries are sweet, but not the kind of sweet that should send people with diabetes running. “Because they come with fiber, they can use that in a diabetic diet as a serving of fruit,” Copperman says. In general, it’s better …
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Wishing you an amazing second fifty and keep smiling!
Founder of Your Second Fifty
Frank Moffatt is the Founder of Your Second Fifty. An online educational community that provides inspirational education through books, films, and online courses for those in their second fifty, in hopes of inspiring people to take the action to live inspired, productive lives throughout their Second Fifty – Yes that does mean living happy and healthy to 100 and more!!!!