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What are the health benefits of blackberries?

Blackberries are an antioxidant powerhouse, ranking seventh in total antioxidant capacity per gram out of more than 100 common foods. Their combination of fiber, vitamin C and polyphenolic antioxidants makes them good for the heart. And research suggests that their anthocyanins may have therapeutic potential in the prevention of obesity and diabetes.
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Blackberries are bursting with protective nutrients. In fact, frozen blackberries have almost as much antioxidant strength as the fresh kind. Which is a lot -- enough to help thwart colon, prostate, breast and oral cancer cells in studies. A 3-ounce serving of blackberries has a mere 43 calories, so there's no reason not to indulge.

Along with vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene, blackberries contain anthocyanins, which give the fruit its dark hue and disease-fighting powers, writes John La Puma, MD, author of ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine. As a bonus, you'll get other good-for-you stuff from blackberries, including folate, potassium, zinc, lutein and vitamin K.
 

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Health Value Of Foods

Health Value Of Foods

A healthy diet is rich in foods with high nutritional value, providing your body with the vitamins, minerals and other food nutrients it needs to protect against disease and maintain a healthy weight. To identify healthy foods, it...

's important to read nutrition labels and know the source of your food. Products advertised as whole-grain, organic or fortified may not necessarily be healthy for you. Find out how to get the most health value from various fruits, nuts, spices, oils and vegetables -- and learn which types of red meat and processed foods to avoid -- with expert advice from Sharecare.
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