The flavor merits of berries can be enumerated indefinitely, but they also have quite a few useful qualities. These bright and juicy fruits help fight many serious diseases, including cardiovascular diseases.
We have compiled the top 5 most useful berries for you, the regular use of which can protect the heart and blood vessels.
Some hybrid blackberry varieties begin to ripen around mid-July. So it is almost out you can enjoy these berries. Blackberries contain a large number of polyphenols, which help prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases. Also, the berry includes vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium.
These sweet berries are rich in fiber, manganese, and heart-healthy potassium and magnesium. Like blackberries, raspberries contain polyphenols and vitamin C (28% of an adult’s daily value). Before the cold season, you can stock up on frozen raspberries or raspberry jam.
But if you choose to eat these berries fresh, remember that there are often small (and not very small) bugs inside, so carefully examine the raspberries before sending them into your mouth.
Blueberries are renowned for their beneficial effects on vision. But this berry can do a lot for the heart too. Regular consumption of blueberries, both fresh and frozen, normalizes blood pressure and lowers “bad” cholesterol.
In addition, blueberries improve brain function, even in older people with dementia, and increase insulin sensitivity, which is very important for people with diabetes.
4. Acai berries
Acai berries are usually sold, dried, or crushed into powder. Finding fresh acai berries can turn into a whole quest that is almost impossible to complete. Well, except perhaps to fly to Brazil for them.
However, even dried, these fruits are beneficial. They contain a huge amount of antioxidants, several daily allowances for riboflavin (vitamin B2) and thiamine (vitamin B1), the lack of which can lead to severe disorders in the cardiovascular system.
These small sour berries with a slight bitterness are very popular in cold seasons, especially among women, as drinking cranberry fruit drinks helps to cope with urinary tract infections.
In terms of benefits for the heart and blood vessels, cranberries help increase high-density lipoprotein (“good”) cholesterol levels and are rich in magnesium and potassium.