Immune System

Berries For Better Immune System: Does it Really Work? Do & Don’t

“We love our health berry much!”

“Eating berries is berry healthy!”

In the world full of french fries and burgers, have we forgotten trees, herbs and plants? Craving spicy, sweet and sour foods have become a new normal.

We add some many spices and chemicals to our meal that our bodies have forgotten what actual food tastes and feels like. We have become weaker, prone to diseases. Is this the way we’re supposed to survive?

We’re hungry in the morning… We start our day with coffee and chips.

We’re hungry in the daytime… We take a take-away from the Mc Donald’s.

We’re hungry in the evening… We order a pizza or make some fries at home.

We crave a desert at night… We hog on a whole cake.

This lifestyle has destroyed our immune system and metabolism. Our bodies age faster than usual and we lose muscles to fat. According to a recent study, our bodies can be completely destroyed by eating such foods. While some damage is irreversible, it is never too late to enhance our immune system.

Eating some foods can be extremely beneficial, especially berries. They’re just so delicious and nutritious! I bet everyone loves eating berries, it’s just we don’t include them in our daily life. But I bet, after reading this, you will eat berries every day!

What are berries?

Berries are teeny-tiny pulpy, juicy and edible fruits. They come in numerous colours and are as bright as their qualities.

These are often very juicy and round. Most berries taste sweet or sour and don’t have seeds, whereas, only a few tiny berries have seeds in them. It comes from a single ovary of an individually beautiful flower.

What are true berries?

While many get confused about how strawberries are true berries, they’re not. Fruits like strawberries and raspberries are named after berries but don’t belong to the botanical berries’ group.

Although they have the same amount of nutrition and goodness, they simply are scientifically different from true botanical berries. The true berries include berries such as cranberries, blueberries and Goji berries.

What are some of the best berries and their benefits?

Let us have a look at all types of berries: the berries that are true berries botanically, and the berries that are known as berries too.

  • Blueberries

Everyone’s favourite… everyone’s snack! These deep blue coloured berries get their colour from a very pure and potent compound called anthocyanins.

Blueberries are also known as a superfood as they’re very low on calories and high on nutrition. They have so many antioxidants that can protect you from several diseases. It is said to lower blood pressure, cholesterol,

  • Acai Berries

These grape-like fruits are so great, they can stop your cells from being damaged. They have more antioxidants than any other berries you may consume.

No wonder these are gaining popularity. It is always a good idea to add them to your diet.

  • Avocados

Yes, avocados are berries, botanically! That’s why you’ve been reading about them in all health magazines these days. An avocado a day keeps your heart hearty.

It is said to be great for weight-loss and related problems too!

  • Blackberries

These have a lot of polyphenols that are so essential yet overlooked! We never usually consume a lot of blackberries regularly, however, we must since they taste so sweet!

Despite being sweet, these berries actually break down the sugar content in your body, keeping you fit and fine.

  • Strawberries

Oh, my heart! These heart-shaped berries are our favourite. You name it and strawberry can make it better.

Salads, ice creams, cookies, cakes, pastries, smoothies, milkshakes, juices and so much more can be made. You definitely need these in your life. They have so many bioactive compounds that can help you fight tons of diseases.

  • Goji Berries

These wolfberries are used in ancient or traditional Chinese medicine for ages now. We know how great they are since they can be used to treat heart diseases and cancer.

They’re full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! But, hey, be cautious, only consume these wolfberries when they’re ripe.

  • Cranberries

There is no beverage that doesn’t taste good with cranberries! I bet! If you’re someone who gets urinary tract infections (UTIs) often, please eat cranberries, they can be your panacea.

The list is never-ending, but when researched, these seven berries are a must-have! As you can see how many diseases these berries can fight alone, they’re certainly good at boosting your immunity.

How do berries boost immunity?

This is not a rocket-science!

  • Berries are full of antioxidants, that control the damage done by free radicals.
  • Because they’re naturally sweet, they work the reverse and treat your blood sugar imbalances.
  • Along with the juiciness of the berries, they are made of fibre content. This ensures a smooth bowel movement.
  • Most berries consist of Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin K1, Copper and Folate. These are very important to remain fit.
  • They have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • They can reduce bad cholesterol levels and keep our cardiovascular health intact.
  • They’re extremely good for your skin, hair, nails and weight-loss because of their water content.
  • Now you know how they boost immunity! They just give your body so much nutrition, your body remains healthy forever.

Can berries really beat Coronaviruses?

This has been quite in the buzz now. Many of you are wondering whether it’s true if berries can actually beat the virus. The answer is ‘NO’, they can’t help us beat the virus; however, they can prevent us from getting the virus.

Consumption of Elderberry, Blueberry and Strawberry can actually help you stay away from the virus. Even if the virus enters your body, these berries make your immunity so strong that your fighter cells will eventually fight off the virus.

But if you have already tested positive for Covid-19, these can’t be a cure. They can, however, boost your body’s survival and fighting power.

To do so, I am sure you need some great berry recipes…

Craving a berry?

Some regional berries taste so good, you might even want to travel to that region just to get a berry blast. Considering the pandemic, ordering berries and making your favourite delicacy would be the best idea, wouldn’t it? Here’s what you can make every day…

  • Strawberry Cookies
  • Cherry sheet cake
  • Blueberry ice cream
  • Cheesecake Tarts
  • Melon and Mozzarella Salad
  • Raspberry frosting
  • Blackberry maple syrup
  • Honey-Blueberry pie
  • Peach-berry crumble
  • Raspberry beer cocktail
  • Blackberry Mojito Punch
  • Berry sauce
  • Blueberry soup
  • Banana pops
  • Avacado salad with cherry dressing
  • Cranberry smoothie
  • Raspberry Shake
  • Lemon-blueberry cupcake
  • Mint berries cream
  • Caramel Strawberries

There are so many more. These are just… Mouth-watering!

How many berries should you consume to boost your immunity?

I know you want to eat a lot of berries now. Especially, after reading the recipe names above… Can’t help it, I know.

However, everything is good in a limit. Even for berries, you must eat them in a limited quantity. Of course, you want to boost your immune system but your body also needs some green leafy vegetables, some other fruits and fibres.

You must consume 2 cups of fresh berries every day to fight diseases, remain healthy and fulfil your berry cravings. Remember, eat them every day, okay?

Now, time to go. I am berry hungry! I’m going to snack on some berries now! Chaò!

References:

Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-healthy-berries

Shari’s Berries: https://www.berries.com/blog/types-of-berries

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berry

Serious Eats: https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/08/berry-types-what-are-olallieberries-tayberries-loganberries.html

NCBI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068482/

Diet Doctor: https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/fruits

Web MD: https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-berries-health-benefits

Fact Sheets: http://berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu/health_healing/fact_sheets/

Future Fit UK: https://www.futurefit.co.uk/content-hub/the-top-five-healthiest-berries-to-eat/

Seeds and Berries: https://www.nwf.org/Garden-for-Wildlife/Food/Seeds-and-Berries

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320766125_Review_of_the_health_effects_of_berries_and_their_phytochemicals_on_the_digestive_and_immune_systems
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