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What are the health benefits of blackberries?

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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.
  • 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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