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Top 10 Healthiest Berries

Berries are great sources of vitamins and phytochemicals. Including berries in your diet will help to keep you healthy. Most of them are naturally sweet and require little effort to prepare. Althought most berries are tasty, they have different nutritive values, so here are top ten healthiest berries!

1. Blueberries

Scientists have discovered many health benefits from eating blueberries. They are one of the richest sources of antioxidants of the fruits and vegetables that have been studied. Antioxidants are responsible in part for keeping us healthily and young. Blueberries have also found to contain resveratrol, another potential anti-cancer agent. Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per 1 cup of blueberries.

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2. Cherries

Cherries are a potential treatment for diabetes that may lower blood sugar levels. Cherries red pigment is called anthocyanins, this pigment has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation. It is also a powerful antioxidant. Cherry also contain a high level of melatonin, is a substance that is important in the immune system function. This berries may help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue due to its high Vitamin A content.

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3. Strawberries

Strawberries contain a range of nutrients, with vitamin C heading the group. They also contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight free radicals. In addition to vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

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4. Bilberries

Some research has shown that bilberries can slow down the decline in vision that comes with age, and also improve night vision. A well as eye health, bilberry has, for a long time, been used in traditional medicine for treatment of diabetes, indigestion and other conditions.

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5. Blackberries

Blackberries are a good low fat source of vitamin E and it helps to fight infection. It also contains salcylate, which is thought to lower the chance of heart risk. It also contains vitamin C, phenolic acids and folate. Blackberries are best eaten fresh, but the cooked variety still contains high quantities of vitamin E.

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6. Lingonberries

The lingonberry contains benzoin acid, a preservative. This is the reason why lingonberries used to be mixed with other more delicate fruit and berries to increase keeping qualities. Lingonberries are rich source of fibers, sugar, vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium. Lingonberries also consist of large amount of flavonoids and lignans. Lignans and flavonoids are believed to be anti-cancer.

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7. Cranberries

The flavenoid content of cranberries, including anthocyanins, proanthocyanins, and flavonols, make cranberries an important cancer fighter. Cranberries help prevent urinary tract infections by preventing microorganisms from adhering to the bladder and urinary tract, they also help maintain heart health. Tannins found in cranberries may help to inhibit the adhesion of bacteria in the stomach, including the heliobacter pylori bacterium, which is the bacteria responsible for GI diseases, including gastric, duodenal and peptic ulcers as well as gastric cancer.

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8. Raspberries

Rich in vitamin C, folate, iron and potassium, raspberries also provide high amounts of insoluble fiber (thanks to all those little seeds) as well as respectable amounts of the soluble fiber pectin, which helps control cholesterol levels. Raspberries are also a good source of ellagic acid and other cancer-fighting antioxidants.

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9. Gooseberries

Gooseberry is wonderful fruit for skin, it cures all skin – related ailments. It also works as a brain tonic and increases alertness and memory. A single gooseberry has a higher concentration of Vitamin C, about 600 mg than that of an orange or guava fruit. Also, high in potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A and calcium and the fruit has been used to control scurvy, dysentery and diarrhea. The Gooseberry has been used for centuries to help with liver disorders, anemia, urinary problems, respiratory problems and cardiovascular problems.

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10. Chokeberries (Aronia)

With great level of flavanoids, along with antioxidants, polyphenols, minerals, and vitamins (B2, B6, E, C, and Folic Acid), aronia berries provide benefits against cancer, heart disease, and kidney problems. Aronia berries may be great at fighting colon cancer in particular.

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