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Berry Benefits for your skin and body

 

Aren’t we all looking for that magical fruit that will help us get younger, brighter skin? Add berries to that list for working from the inside out and from the outside in. Berries contain vitamins and antioxidants that your skin and body loves and needs. 


What is a berry?

A true berry must have an outer skin (called the exocarp) and a fleshy middle (called the mesocarp) and a seed on the inside. 


Some fruits may have “berry” in their name but are in fact NOT a berry. For example, the strawberry and raspberry are not classified as true berries and actually come from a flower. However, bananas, grapes and watermelons are berries despite not having “berry” in their name. 



What can they do?

Berries can help your skin and also help do your body good. As phenolics (antioxidant compounds) of the berry help with protecting your skin and help repair environmental damage. These phenolics are also called polyphenols. They help the plants guard against environmental stressors in the wild and that protection can aid your skin too. 


Why do we need antioxidants?

Antioxidants help control free radicals, one of the leading causes of skin damage that contributes to aging. Polyphenols antioxidant superpowers protect the skin from various triggers that cause signs of aging (including wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone and loss of elasticity). They may also help your skin’s natural defenses so it looks fresher and healthier.


Benefits for the skin:

  • Antioxidants that fight free radicals that damage your collagen. By protecting your collagen your skin will stay younger looking longer 
  • Antioxidants also help protect against skin cancer
  • Antioxidants help improve your skin tone
  • Berries are good for your circulatory system and may help keep spider veins and varicose veins from forming
  • Acne prevention: blueberries balance hormones and neutralize oil production in your skin
  • Blueberries are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is one of the major causes of wrinkles.

Other health benefits:

  • Berries may help reduce blood pressure
  • They may lower the risk of type II diabetes
  • They may improve memory and mood
  • Their anti-inflammatory properties may ease arthritis and joint pain
So, grab a fist-full of berries and enjoy them. A study from Harvard School of Public Health found the benefits of berries (particularly blueberries and blackberries) consumed at least 3 times per week significantly cut the risk for heart attack.

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