Berries Are Good With Greater Potential in the Future

By Tom Herrin

Most people have grown increasingly concerned about what they are eating and how it affects their health.  As a society, many of us have become more dependent upon fast foods and ready-to-eat meals sold at the supermarkets.  It is generally well-known that fresh foods are something that can be good for us.  They tend to contain more nutrients because they haven’t been processed or cooked out.  In recent years, berries have received quite a bit of attention.   

They Are Rich in Fiber

It is almost impossible to get too much fiber, but a lot of people eat far too little.  It has a great ability to help to move food through the digestive system.  It tends to make people feel fuller.  Most of the berries available have a high water content which also helps provide that full feeling.  According to one study, people who doubled their fiber intake had an absorption of 130 fewer calories per day.  This makes fiber a good natural means of managing weight.  Berries  are generally high in fiber.  Raspberries and blackberries have the most at eight grams per cup.

They May Help the Circulatory System

Berries have shown the potential of lowering cholesterol.  They can also help to control the function of the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels.  These cells help to manage blood pressure.  Bad cholesterol and high blood pressure are two major health concerns with many people today.  If eating berries has the possibility of improving either, or both, of these, it may be well worth the effort to include them in a diet.

They May Be a Future Help With Dementia

Some things are in the beginning stages of testing.  There is some belief that berries have some properties that may help to stabilize the buildup of brain plaques that are associated with Alzheimer’s.  While it is not a proven fact, it may be a good benefit.  That fact that some berries can be helpful in managing or utilizing sugar is a good reason to add them.  As most of us are diligently attempting to do everything we can to include things in our diets that can naturally improve our health, we might want to add berries to the list.  That fact that they taste good is just an added perk.

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