Nutrition Bellevue | Benefits of Summer Berries in Pacific NW

Berry lovers in the Pacific NW are entering the perfect time of year! June through July an abundance of luscious strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries will be available to increase our health and happiness. Not to mention the delicious wild blackberries that seem to grow everywhere!

Berries offer not only high levels of nutrients such as potassium, fiber, manganese, and copper but a wide variety of antioxidants that make them one of “the most beneficial fruits to eat for prevention of cancer” per the American Institute for Cancer Research. Washington has the highest incidence of cancer on the West Coast, so we are indeed lucky to have these luscious fruits available to help protect against cancer.

Organic strawberries provide your entire daily requirement for vitamin C in just one cup! An added delight, which might make you smile, is that the tiny little seeds in each strawberry supply us with Omega 3 fatty acids. Raspberries are high in pectin (as are strawberries), which lower cholesterol, support digestive health, and regulate blood sugar. They are also high in many phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The ellagic acid in raspberries and blueberries is what may help prevent cancer formation.

As the King (or Queen!) of the berries, blueberries definitely stand out by having the highest available anti-oxidants of any berry! The blue/purple of the luscious berry translates into impressive health benefits. In fact, research is pointing to blueberries improving nervous system function and preventing cognitive decline. As a whole being one of the most protective foods for brain health. Blueberries have the ability to inhibit angiogenesis ~ the development of new blood vessels that fuel cancer cells, hence their role as THE berry to aid in fighting cancer!

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