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health benefits of berries

For some people, summer isn’t the beach or an amusement park. It isn’t about air conditioning or laps in the pool. For some people summer is all about the berries.

Whether it’s the local farmer’s market or the great outdoors or even as simple as the grocery store, berries can be found aplenty this time of year. That’s such a good thing, because they’re so good for you!

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries…why pick just one?

Enjoy some of the health benefits of berries.

Antioxidants

In addition to giving most berries their rich colors, antioxidants help to repair the damage caused by all the free-radicals that affect our bodies daily. While they won’t stop the clock completely, they can slow down the effects of aging, benefit memory retention, and boost the immune system.

Digestion

They may not look like much, but berries contain a lot of dietary fiber in a small package. This fills you up at a lower calorie count without skimping on vitamins! It also aids in keeping your digestive tract running right, so make sure to have plenty.

Vision

Vitamin C is known for making cells stronger and keeping your immune system in tip-top shape. In conjunction with all the phenols that berries have, this can reduce age-related macular degeneration and the risk of cataracts, while promoting excellent eye health. Visionary!

Now you know that you know what berries can do for you, find out what else you can do with berries! Follow this link for a bushel of ideas: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_berry_recipes

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