Friday, 1 February 2013

Berries are good for you


A research study links a reduced risk of heart attack in women who eat berries.

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/127/2/188.abstract
Blueberries are rich source of anthocyanins

Anthocyanins are found in many foods and are responsible for the red, purple or blue colour of berries, plums, cherries, aubergines and so on. Anthocyanins have many beneficial qualities, including being anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-carcinogenic but they are probably best known for being antioxidant.

It is important to have a rounded balanced diet - anthocyanins are good for you, but this doesn't mean you can eat rubbish and take a 'pill full of berries' to make up for it! 

Foods rich in anthocyanins include berries, such as blackberries, grapes, blueberries, bilberries, cranberries, cherries and vegetables, such as aubergine and avocado. Other sources include oranges, elderberry, olives, red onions, figs, sweet potatos, and mangoes. Anthocyanins are less abundant in bananas, asparagus, peas, fennel, pears and potatoes.