Berries are small edible fruits. Biologically, berries are fruits that grow from single ovaries. Examples of berries are strawberry, blueberry, gooseberry, grapes, avocado, etc.

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Berries are usually distinctive in color and owe this characteristic color to natural plant pigments which are not only antioxidants but are also polyphenol types such as tannins, anthocyanin and flavonoids. Berries are naturally sweet.

Nutrient Content

Berries are rich in the following key nutrients:

• Strawberry and blueberry are rich in the antioxidant anthocyanin.
• Fiber
• Vitamins – vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid.
• Minerals – potassium
• Phytonutrients like phenol

Health Benefits

The following are the health benefits offered by berries:

• Anti-cancer, anti inflammatory and heart protective fruit owing to their rich phenol content.
• Effective in the treatment of infections of the urinary tract.
• Reduce the risk of developing cancer.
• Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with berries.
• Onset of varicose veins can be prevented by consuming berries.
• Strawberries and blueberries can delay the onset of ageing of brain cells.
• They deter the formation of blood clots.
• Blueberries possess a compound that reduces cholesterol levels in blood.
• Loss in vision can be prevented by consuming berries.
• They help prevent loss of memory.
• Avocados enhance fertility in men.
• Strengthens the immune system

Disclaimer: Any advice or information provided in this page should not be seen as a substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Your family physician knows better about your medical history and only they can provide you with personalized advice keeping in mind your unique needs.