A slew of studies over the last 10 years have documented the multiple health benefits of regular consumption of berries. While the evidence is pointing to the fact that most berries are healthy, the preponderance of studies has been done on blueberries.
It is well known that berries in general contain high levels of powerful antioxidants that help to prevent both cellular and DNA damage, which are often root causes of disease. Research has shown that freezing berries does NOT reduce their high levels of antioxidants.
The health benefits that berry consumption can provide are:
Protect against memory and cognitive decline associated with aging
Brain protection benefits
Eye health protection benefits
Skin health protection benefits
Heart and blood vessel protection benefits
Blood sugar regulation benefits
For example, one of the studies on blueberries demonstrated that after 3 months of consumption, older adults (average age of 76) had higher scores on two different tests measuring cognitive function.
Consumption of 1 to 1 ½ cups 3-4 times a week, are sufficient to achieve the benefits listed above. Start your children on this healthy habit as early as possible.
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