Are blackberries healthy? Yes! That’s why we’re dishing up six of the best health benefits of blackberries for you today.
We tend to think of berries as being mostly blues and reds. Maybe that’s why the blackberry exists with relatively little fanfare compared to its more brightly colored brethren.
In fact, anthocyanin, the compound that makes berries red or blue, makes them black, too. The more anthocyanin, the darker the berry. And the more anthocyanin, the more immune-boosting, disease-fighting power a berry has.
With that in mind, let’s never underestimate the blackberry again.
1. Blackberries Give You a Stronger Immune System for Fighting Illness
Driscoll’s, one of America’s largest providers of berries, boasts on its website, “Studies show blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving of any food tested.”
Indeed, it’s true. The 2014 study appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
2. Blackberries Give You Better Digestive Health
Blackberries are high in fiber, which helps keeps you regular and is good for colon health. Blackberries contain other cancer-fighting compounds, too, which make them an obvious superfood choice for anyone at high risk for colon cancer.
3. Brains Might Become Smarter with Blackberries
In test tubes and animal studies, blackberries and other berries high in anthocyanin have been shown to improve thinking and even stave off dementia.
In a review of the neuroprotective effects of berries published in Neural Regeneration Research, researchers concluded that blackberries help keep brain cells from dying from oxidation. Oxidation generally is a hallmark of brain degeneration.
Summarizing a paper published in Nutritional Neuroscience, researchers explain: “The antioxidants present in these fruits improved behavioral performance in motor neuron tests in aged rats. The balance and fine motor coordination in cognitive tests were also improved in the Morris water maze, demonstrating the measures of spatial working memory and learning.”
4. Blackberries Help Fight Gum Disease
Blackberries contain bacteria-fighting compounds. A 2012 study published in the journal Periodontal Research showed these compounds reduced levels of P. gingivalis, F. nucleatum, and S. mutans in a test tube. It concluded, however, that along with the proven anti-inflammatory effects of blackberries, extract from the fruit is “a promising target as an adjunct for prevention and/or complementary therapy of periodontal infections.”
5. Blackberries Contain Cancer-Fighting Compounds
Vitamins in blackberries include anthocyanins (cancer-fighting antioxidants that give the fruit its color) and vitamin C. When they pair up with the blackberry’s high-fiber content, it becomes a trifecta of cancer-fighting fuel with each blackberry you eat.
Blackberries have antiseptic, antibacterial, and even antiviral properties. Acids in blackberries known as gallic acid, rutin, and ellagic acid convey these medicinal properties.
6. Blackberries Help You Recover from a Polluted World
The antioxidants in blackberries help fight “free radicals.” Free radicals are those pesky out-of-control molecules that incite oxidative damage and leave us vulnerable to aging and disease.
Six health benefits of blackberries…and six reasons why you should eat a handful of these gems today!