You know that a healthy brain depends on healthy eating. Some foods boost brain power and function more than others. Blackberries are an excellent source of nutrients which nourish the brain and the body.
They provide the necessary nutrition the brain needs, such as folate to stimulate the brain, omega-3 fatty acids to enhance the brain’s function, and tryptophan, which provides needed serotonin and can relieve depression and insomnia.
Besides, the anthocyanins found in blackberries can prevent degenerative brain diseases. The older we get the harder it is to learn new things.
The reason? In order to process new information our brain cells need to “talk” to each another. Yet, as we age those cells become inflamed making it harder for them to communicate with one another.
Blackberries can get the conversation flowing again. According to a 2009 Tufts University study blackberries have powerful antioxidants (polyphenols) that help to stop inflammation and encourage your brain to soak up new information.
One cup of blackberries contains 135mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. Blackberries also contain large amounts of anthocyanins, a pigment that produces a somewhat stringent flavor and induces dark coloring in fruits.
This pigment is responsible for triggering neuronal growth in the brain’s hyppocampus which helps to improve our memory and focus.
In the ‘best antioxidants’ league table, blackberries are right up there. In fact they are probably in the top ten. These juicy, plump berries are low in calories (a cup has approximately 70 calories) so you can fill up on these flavorful berries without sabotaging your weight-loss goals.
When choosing blackberries, look for ones that have a rich, deep color and that are plump. If they have hulls, they were picked too early and will be tart. Blackberries will not ripen after they are picked. Store them unwashed in an air-tight refrigerated container.
If you are going to introduce blackberries into your diet, try not to eat them on their own. It is recommended that they should eaten with other berries such as strawberries, raspberries that way you will benefit more from blending them together.
*1. Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry Smoothie Recipe:
Ingredients: Makes 1 serving (20 fl. oz.)
1/2 cup blackberry
1/2 cup raspberry
1/2 cup strawberry
1 scoop whey protein
1 tsp. vanilla
8 ice cubes
Put in blender, blend until smooth. Add more ice cubes if mixture is too thick.
*2. Blackberry- Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Makes 1 serving. Great breakfast, lunch, or snack!
1/2 cup blackberries, frozen
1/2 cup strawberries, fresh
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
Put ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if mixture is too thick. Can also add protein powder to make it personalized to your needs/taste!
*3. Blackberry Vinegar
Homemade blackberry vinegar is simple to make, and keeps well if closed tightly and refrigerated. Blackberry vinegar uses range from the culinary to the medicinal.
This recipe serves: 8
1 cup blackberries
1 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil in a saucepan.
2. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.
3. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Use for salad dressing, marinating chicken breasts.
Note: This recipe makes about 2 cups of vinegar. Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
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Yours truly for great health, mind and body,
Michelle, natural health advocate
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