It is the time of year when we see lots of good fresh berries at the markets. Take advantage of these healthy berries for many reasons (often mentioned on this blog) but remember that berries are especially helpful in fighting off cancer. According to Lisa Young, Ph.D, adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University, berries contain antioxidant compounds which may protect cells from damage linked to cancer. They can also boost your immune system.
Colleen Doyle, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society, says, berries contain polyphenols, including ellagic acid and anthocyanins – antioxidants that counteract, reduce and repair damage to cells.
Berries also contain an abundance of vitamin C and fiber which are potential cancer fighters.
So take advantage of berry season, but eat berries year round. Berries are one of the best things you can add to your diet.