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Why You Should Eat More Blackberries

By Sara Butler

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes the season for blackberries. Throughout the summertime, you can find these delightful berries at your local farmers market, but you don't have to wait to find them only there. All year round you can find fresh and frozen blackberries at your local store -- and you should be partaking. Here are some of the benefits of blackberries for your health and why you should eat them all the time.

They're High in Fiber

A cup of blackberries is only about 60 calories, but they're loaded with fiber with about 8 grams in that same cup. Foods such as blackberries that are high in fiber can help you to feel fuller for longer, help control cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar, and help support your efforts to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

The fiber is also good for your digestive health because it feeds the friendly bacteria that live in your digestive tract. These bacteria help you to fight off illness and feel good.

They're High in Vitamin C

One cup of raw blackberries has about half of the Vitamin C you should have in one day. Vitamin C is essential to help your immune system function well as well as your DNA to repair itself. It also supports healthy levels of serotonin, which help you to sleep at night.

They're Good for Bones

While dairy products may get all the attention when it comes to bone health, blackberries aren't too shabby when it comes to supporting healthy bones either. That's because one cup of blackberries is loaded with Vitamin K, which is essential to the formation of bones. Blackberries also contain manganese, which is important for collagen production to support healthy joints and skin.

They Protect Your Brain

Blackberries are full of antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation in the brain. They also help to reduce memory loss, keep cognitive decline at bay, and protect your coordination. Your brain loves blackberries!

Eat More Blackberries

Blackberries are a great morning, noon, and night. As an incredibly versatile fruit, you can eat them in your morning oats or throw them in a salad. They also pair well with desserts! If you can't find fresh blackberries, no worries. You can use frozen blackberries too and they're just as good as fresh.

Go ahead and add some more blackberries to your diet!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.

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