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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blackberries



Blackberries are also very high in antioxidants – they contain a purified compound of anthocyanin called cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G) which possesses both chemopreventative and chemotherapeutic activities. C3G has been shown to inhibit the migration and invasion of lung cancer cells.

 It has also been shown that Epicatechin, a compound representative of the flavonol group (which are high in blackberries), significantly limits brain damage following a stroke – that is, if it is consumed and running through the circulatory before the stroke occurs. Surprisingly, even when consumed 3.5 hours after a stroke, epicatechin was still effective in limiting further neuronal damage.

In ancient times, blackberries were used as a natural remedy to help alleviate symptoms of gout. Blackberries are high in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins, and rank near the top of the ORAC chart (a chart that ranks fruits and vegetables on their antioxidant capacity – the higher, the more antioxidants). Antioxidants are great for individuals suffering from gout. Gout crystals are attacked by the immune system, creating abundant free radicals which are then neutralized by antioxidants. A diet high in antioxidant rich foods such as blackberries and other berries is a great way to alleviate gout inflammation.


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