The Power of Berries for Better Health
Berries for Better Health
At SIBU, we are big fans of berries. Our favorite berry of course is sea buckthorn, but we vouchfor all of the berries out there.
Fun fact from Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology andnutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health:
“On average, people who eat moreberries seem to live a little bit longer.”
His recommendation is to eat one cup of berries (whenthey’re in season) to maximize the benefits. Continue reading to discover the incredible nutrients in these tiny little things called berries...
What Exactly are The Health Benefit of Berries?
According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Health Publishing,berries are rich in:
- Potassium: Helps our bodies maintain normal levels of fluid inside our cells (and issometimes considered an electrolyte because of its electrical charge thatactivates certain cell and nerve functions)
- Magnesium: Helps our muscles contract, our nerves to send and receive messages, and keepsthe heart pumping steadily
- VitaminC: Helps our bodies form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and collagen in ourbones. Boosts our immune systems and is critical in our bodies’ ability to heal
- Vitamin K: Helps form proteins necessary for blood clotting Helps build and keep our bones strong
- Fiber: keeps our digestive system in working order
- Prebiotics: AKA, live yeast! Critical for healthy gut bacteria and digestion
- Antioxidants: Protect our cells against free radicals. One of the primary antioxidants in berries are anthocyanins, which are flavonoidsthat boost our immune system, combat against inflammation, and have beenshown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells (for more info on anthocyanins, seethis Verywell Health article)
- Superoxide Dismutase: If you haven’t already checked out our two part articles on super dismutase andthe importance of antioxidants in the body, check them out here! Part 1 & Part 2
Sea Buckthorn - Everything Mentioned Above & More
- Vitamin A: Supports healthy vision, cell division, reproduction, and our immune system. Vitamin A can slow sun damage to the skin by preventing collagen breakdown
- Vitamin E: Boosts immune system by attacking foreign bacteria and viruses and helps our skin maintain moisture
- Omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9: These fatty acids are valuable for a healthy heart, brain, and metabolism and are critical in promoting healthy cell function and for fighting inflammation. To better understand omega-7 specifically, see our blog post, The Benefits ofOmega 7
- Gamma-linolenic acid: Helps blood circulation and reduces signs of aging