The cold spring may be a distant memory but this year’s sluggish start could soon, quite literally, bear fruit. Our topsy-turvy weather means a flourishing crop of wild berries this autumn. Although fruiting is expected later than usual, it will yield an abundance of health-boosting goodies, says the Woodland Trust.
‘Berries are a critical part of our diet, thanks to their high levels of Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants,’ explains nutrition scientist Bridget Benelam of the British Nutrition Foundation, who says three heaped tablespoons or 80g provide one serving.Some berries are especially good at fighting certain conditions. Here we gather the latest research to show which could be best for you (and suggest a supplement that gives the same benefit) . . .
GOOD FOR . . . protecting your heart
Eating three servings of blueberries a week can cut the risk of heart attack by a third, according to research from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia. The berries contain the super antioxidant dietary compounds called anthocyanins.These may benefit the heart by improving blood flow and countering the build-up of plaque that can clog arteries and lead to a heart attack. Research also suggests blueberries can improve the health of the vascular system, helping to lower blood pressure. Those who had at least one serving of blueberries per week were ten per cent less likely to suffer hypertension.Source - Daily Mail