Berry-nutritious

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The antioxidants in berries can help your body fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals that can lead to illness.

There are several powerful antioxidants that appear in berries, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanins give berries their vibrant color, reduce inflammation, and may help prevent and manage arthritis. Anthocyanins work together with quercetin to help slow age-related memory-loss. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of chemicals in the synovial fluid of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin C is another strong antioxidant found in berries. It is largely responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C–rich berries will contribute to radiant skin and healthy hair, and may reduce the risk of arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

In addition to antioxidants, berries are “juicy foods,” which means they contain mostly water. Juicy foods are great for weight loss because they fill you up quickly, since their high water content bumps up the volume while driving down the calories. Berries are also low in sugar compared to other fruit, which mames them a great addition to a low-carb diet!

I enjoy a bowl of fresh berries every morning! Sometimes I add plain Greek yogurt or ricotta cheese, yum!

Remember to wash your berries before you eat them, especially if they aren’t organic. Pesticides can build up on the skin of the fruit.

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