However, there is a note of caution as some berries, for example strawberries, are known to cause severe allergies in some individuals. So, they should refrain from consuming them.
1. Indian Gooseberry: The Indian gooseberry also known as Phyllanthus emblica or “amla” is an extremely rich source of vitamin C, flavonoids, ellagic acid, gallic acid, antioxidants, proteins, carbohydrates, polyphenols, carotene and other vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and B complex vitamins. It is no secret that its immune modulating action helps to fight deadly diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart ailments, bleeding disorders, skin diseases, and liver diseases. The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of 100g of raw amla is over 3, 277 units. Eating or applying it on the hair can promote a healthy, glossy and lustrous hair as it increases hair growth and pigmentation, strengthens the roots of the hair, fights dandruff and acts as a natural hair conditioner. It is used in beauty products for fighting pimples and wrinkles, improving eyesight and lightening darkened under-eyes, weight related problems, cholesterol and ageing. Dental problems such as bleeding gums or inflammation are controlled by the Indian gooseberry besides giving you a healthier and fresher breath!
3. Strawberry: Strawberries (Fragaria ananassa) are bursting with the natural goodness of antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols and other phytonutrients besides being rich in vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, folates and vitamin A. Strawberries are completely cholesterol free and are relatively low in dietary calories. Their regular consumption has been known to reduce heart disease and cancer. Strawberries reduce the free radicals in your system and help to retard the process of ageing. A study was conducted on strawberries by Dr. Gene Spiller of the Sphera Foundation. The results of this study showed that antioxidant levels in the body increased remarkably 30 to 60 minutes after eating strawberries. The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of 100g of strawberries is 1,540 units. Strawberries can be eaten or applied on the skin as a face mask. When used as a face mask it gently refreshes and exfoliates the skin because of the presence of salicylic acid and antioxidants which help reduce wrinkles and remove the effects of environmental stress on the face.
5. Raspberries: Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) are packed with antioxidants and cancer-fighting phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, pelargonidins, gallic acid, cyanidins, coumaric, catechins, kaempferols, ellagic acid, ferulic acid and salicylic acid. It is also a rich source of Vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B complex, folic acid, copper, iron and dietary fiber. Raspberries have an ORAC of 4,900 units per 100g. Consuming this fruit is a delicious way to lose weight because of its high fiber content which makes you feel fuller. The high levels of manganese present in it increase your basal metabolic rate which is the amount of energy you burn while at rest. The more the basal metabolic rate the better the weight loss. The pulp of raspberries mixed with yoghurt is a powerful face pack to fight wrinkles and leave you with a glowing skin!
7. Cranberry: Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpa) are one of the world healthiest foods and are practically loaded with antioxidants. The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of 100g of cranberries is roughly around 9,584 units. Cranberries are a rich source of essential micronutrients such as manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin K. They are also rich in phytochemicals, flavonoids and polyphenols. Cranberries are known to be anticarcinogenic and anti-clotting agents. They are also used in preventing recurrent urinary tract infections and heart disease. However, people taking warfarin (a blood thinner) should be cautious while consuming cranberries as it can interfere with its effect. Cranberries are used in multitudinous natural beauty products for the face and body care, soaps and shampoos, sprays and constitute an important ingredient in aromatherapy.
Latest Publications and Research on Berries for a Healthy and Beautiful YouStudy of some Zanthoxylum species by chemical and DNA analysis approaches. - Published by PubMed
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Photoperiod during maternal pregnancy and lifetime depression in offspring. - Published by PubMed
Changes of anthocyanin components biosynthesis in 'Summer Black' grape berries after the red flesh mutation occurred. - Published by PubMed
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