Monday, July 16, 2012

Motivation for Monday Fitness: Berries

Motivation for Monday Fitness:
The last couple of weeks we have talked about some of Bob and Caroline Scott's favorite health foods and their many benefits.  Another health food that they would recommend is berries.

"So, as you can probably guess, we are talking about fruit, and specifically berries which have numerous benefits.  Not only are they delicious, but they pack a powerful nutritional punch and are full of vitamins and minerals.  Some studies even show that the regular consumption of berries can prevent cancer, enhance your immune system, improve your memory, and slow-down the aging process.  Berries are full of fiber, low in fat, calories and carbohydrates.  They can help with your digestive health by reducing bloating.  There are so many different types of berries and each has its own unique benefits.  Strawberries are high in Vitamins C& E and also contain significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, and folic acid.  Blueberries are full of antioxidants, can help reduce levels of bad cholesterol, and promote good heart health.  Their high levels of lutein have been linked to improved vision." - Caroline Scott, Louisville Athletic Club
More Berry Benefits from Bob Scott:

  • Raspberries can help prevent the growth of cancer cells.  They are also full of fiber and manganese.  Fiber helps slow the digestive process so you feel full longer.  Manganese is a trace mineral that helps keep your metabolic rate high, which in turn burns fat.
  • Blackberries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants and are very helpful in preventing many times of cancer.  They are known to prevent inflammation, increase collagen production (which leads to younger looking skin), and improve circulation.  Blackberries contain folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin C & K.  
  • It's best to consume berries in their pure form.  When you are buying berries, you should consider the organic variety to reduce the chances of pesticides.  
  • It's best to eat fruits in the early hours of the day since they do contain natural sugars.
  • Try adding them to oatmeal, smoothies, or yogurt.

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