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Video: The Healthiest Seasonal Berries
This red berry is not only tasty, but also extremely healthy. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, which, contrary to popular belief, is higher in them than lemon or garlic. In addition, vitamin C is practically not destroyed at low temperatures, so the berries can be safely frozen and eaten all year round. Strawberries are also rich in bioflavonoids - powerful natural antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage and slow down the aging process. The high content of potassium and magnesium makes the berry extremely beneficial for the health of the heart, blood vessels and brain.
As for the figure, strawberries are a low-calorie berry, they contain only 33 kcal per 100 g. A handful of berries are suitable for a snack on their own or complement your morning oatmeal, vitamin smoothie and even a vegetable salad.
Another seasonal berry that ripens immediately after strawberries and is practically not inferior to it in terms of the number of useful properties. Raspberries are high in dietary fiber (especially insoluble fiber), which aids proper digestion and reduces the risk of weight gain. The rich vitamin and antioxidant composition of the berry provides reliable protection against damage by free radicals and pathogenic organisms, prevents the development of inflammation and cleanses the body of toxins. The flavonoids in the composition have a beneficial effect on the health of the heart and blood vessels, providing the prevention of various chronic diseases. Raspberries are slightly higher in calories than strawberries - 52 kcal per 100 g, but they are also a dietary product.
Another storehouse of vitamins and trace elements is currants. In terms of the number of useful properties, black currant is confidently leading, red is slightly inferior to it, but white, unfortunately, remains far behind. These small sour berries are unusually rich in B vitamins, vitamins C, E and D, which provides a comprehensive strengthening of all body systems. The rich antioxidant composition of currants protects cells from free radical damage and slows down the aging process. Currants are a natural source of potassium compounds, which (together with sodium) regulates the body's water-salt balance (in particular, preventing edema) and improves acid-base, maintaining optimal pH inside the cells themselves. The calorie content of the berry will certainly appeal to everyone who follows the figure - only 50 kcal. per 100 g.
Cherries are inferior to other berries in sweetness, but not in the amount of nutrients. The rich vitamin composition (A, C, E and B vitamins) has a beneficial effect on the work of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, the quality of vision and memory. Flavonoids in the composition protect the body from damage by free radicals and prolong youth, preventing the appearance of external signs of aging. In addition, the active substances in the berries stimulate the production of melatonin, which helps to normalize sleep and improve overall well-being. Due to its high fiber content, cherries normalize the digestive system and help lower cholesterol levels. Just one handful of berries is about a quarter of the daily value of fiber, and 50 kcal per 100 g will definitely not do the slightest harm to your figure.
Found the main source of antioxidants (and therefore beauty and youth), and this is blueberries. The berry is almost at the top of the ORAC list (an international classification that measures the antioxidant value of foods). A handful of blueberries in total can provide powerful defenses against free radical damage, inflammation, viruses and bacteria. In addition to the vitamins already listed above, blueberries are rich in vitamin K (which is rare for berries), which is responsible for bone health, and also prevents calcification and destruction of the walls of blood vessels. In addition, the active substances in this berry are able to increase visual acuity and prevent it from falling. The calorie content of blueberries is higher than that of other berries - 84 kcal per 100 g, but this is still not much, especially for so many useful properties.
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