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Berry Goodness

I’m sitting at my computer enjoying a smoothie that I just made. I added some of my favorites…organic blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and banana, along with low-fat yogurt, protein powder, ground flaxseed and toasted wheatgerm.

Ah, such a delicious and good-for-you treat, but did you know that according to some researchers, eating a good amount of fruit and vegetables not only helps to maintain health, it also improves your looks by helping to highlight both red and yellow tones in your skin? It’s true.

The great health benefits that come from fruits and veges are fiber of course, and also antioxidants. The study’s authors speculate that the change in skin color may be because of the antixodants, the molecules that also give plants and fruits¬†their¬†many colors.

Particularly potent when it comes to the color factor are the carotenoids that you’ll find in things like, cantaloupe, apricots, mango, guava, sweet potatoes and peppers, and beta-carotene found in things like squash, cabbage, carrots and dark, leafy greens. But the good news doesn’t end here, eating healthfully also boosts brain power, and that’s where we come full circle.

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry supports the research that eating berries, especially blueberries, can keep your brain sharp and maybe even stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s.

So eat your berries, yes, that’s right…they’re berry, berry good for you! And think about making a carotenoid smoothie too… mango, guava, cantaloupe…you’re on your way!

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