I would like to remind you all that they are not only free, but it’s so much fun picking them, and they just beginning to ripen everywhere right now! Yes, blackberries!
These juicy berries add deliciousness to any smoothie, dessert or fruit salad and are power-packed with so much goodness you will want them all year round! (So why not freeze some too for a later date?) Just one blackberry has 30.2 milligrams of vitamin C. And if you want to stay youthful and agile this vitamin is more than essential.
Vitamin C is integral when it comes to collagen formation in bones, connective tissues and blood vessels. It not only helps to regenerate the skin, it helps to battle free radicals in the body, helps you to absorb iron and shortens the life of a common cold.
These berries are fabulously high in fibre, so if you have any digestive issues such as bloating, constipation or stomach discomfort, try adding these delicious berries to your diet as they can help reduce cholesterol, promote regular bowel movements, control blood sugar levels, provide good fuel to nourish healthy gut bacteria and keep you feeling fuller for longer. One cup of blackberries has almost eight grams of fibre.
They are also a rich source of vitamin K and just one cup is almost your daily recommended value. Vitamin K is the very reason if you cut yourself you don’t bleed profusely as it helps your blood clot. Deficiency in this vitamin can lead to bone thinning and fractures, easy bruising, heavy menstrual bleeding and blood in the stool or urine.
If you take blood thinners makes sure you are eating a good amount of foods rich in vitamin K such as blackberries, fermented dairy foods, soybeans and green leafy vegetables.
Blackberries are also high in manganese, which is an important mineral for preventing osteoporosis and regulating blood sugar levels, too. The antioxidants in this tasty wild fruit helps prevent memory loss as it reduces inflammation which can lead to motor and cognitive issues common with ageing. If you want to watch the calories, one cup of blackberries has only 62 calories, one gram fat and 14 carbs.
They are known to have a low glycaemic index which doesn’t lead to excessive sugar spikes, and these little gems are classed as a super food and should not be underestimated! They can help keep your immunity fighting fit and help to maintain a healthy heart! So, what are you waiting for! Get picking!
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