Blueberries and Strawberries are Disease-Fighting Superfoods

It’s no secret that fruits contain powerful, beneficial natural compounds that keep us healthy. And certainly, blueberries have had their share of deservedly good press when it comes to the positive effects they show for cognitive, cardiovascular, and vision support.

But it may be a bit of a surprise to see that strawberries, a summer favorite, are turning out to be superfoods as well. Of course, strawberries, like many fruits, also contain phenolic compounds that reduce inflammation, stop oxidative damage to cells throughout the body, and provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals that aid in overall well-being.

Adding fruits like blueberries and strawberries to the diet makes a lot of good sense, and good meals. It may also help prevent Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and joint pain. Plus, if you have the access to a local pick-your-own produce farm, getting to harvest your own blueberries and strawberries provides even more benefits: healthy time outdoors, exercise, and the satisfaction of getting the very freshest food.

Abstract:

Miller K, Feucht W, Schmid M. Bioactive Compounds of Strawberry and Blueberry and Their Potential Health Effects Based on Human Intervention Studies: A Brief Overview. Nutrients. 2019 Jul 2;11(7):1510. doi: 10.3390/nu11071510. PMID: 31269727; PMCID: PMC6683271.

Strawberries and blueberries are two of the most commonly consumed berries. Berries, in general, are characterized by their highly nutritive compounds, including minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, and dietary fiber, as well as their high content and wide diversity of bioactive compounds, such as phenolic compounds and organic acids. These bioactive compounds have been associated with protective effects against chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer's and other disorders. In this paper 16 human intervention studies investigating the beneficial health effects of dietary strawberry or blueberry consumption on inflammation, cardiovascular disease or cognitive function and mental health are reviewed.

Here is the link to the complete review: Bioactive Compounds of Strawberry and Blueberry and Their Potential Health Effects Based on Human Intervention Studies: A Brief Overview

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