Celebrate summer and good health with colorful and flavorful berries. July is National Berry Month because berries are seasonably abundant and provide a unique combination of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants designed to keep you healthy naturally. Research has shown that blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are among the top 11 foods for antioxidant activity. Antioxidants may help increase our immune function and protect against cancer and heart disease.
Berries also add bright color and a burst of juicy sweetness to your favorite recipes. Make July bold and nutritious by celebrating National Berry Month and adding more berries to your meals. Start with these top three berries of the summer:
Strawberries: Compounds in strawberries have also shown anticancer activity in experiments, blocking the development of cancer and suppressing the progression of tumors.
Raspberries: The unique combination of fiber, vitamin C, anthocyanins and ellagic acid give raspberries powerful cancer-fighting properties. Raspberries also contain a natural compound similar to aspirin – which may inhibit hardening of the arteries.
Cherries: Cherries may also help fight certain cancers and prevent hardening of the arteries, and have a unique health benefit with relief of pain. The anthocyanins found in cherries block inflammatory enzymes which may help reduce pain associated with arthritis.