Processed foods are designed to last a long time, which means that many of them are full of hormones and preservatives. Concerns exist about consuming so many unnatural food additives and that's where fresh fruits and vegetables come into play. Adding naturally-grown fruits and vegetables to our diets has been proven beneficial for people's bodies and minds. Blackberries are abundant in many areas of America.
Blackberries are rich in antioxidants like anthocyanin and polyphenols. Responsible for the berries' deep purple-black color, these antioxidants help prevent heart disease and cancer. Blackberries also score high (2036) on the "Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity" (ORAC) list, meaning that they contain up to twenty times more antioxidants than other foods. Foods with a high ORAC score may help slow the aging process while improving memory, strength and balance.
Blackberries have a high level of tannin content, which means they are considered an astringent and are generally good for skin health. Tannins appear to lessen some minor bleeding, tighten tissue and in some cases alleviate intestinal inflammation and diarrhea. Because of their tannin content, blackberries are sometimes recommended for treatment and relief of minor infections, like irritations of the mouth and throat, and to ease discomfort from hemorrhoids.
Women may specifically benefit from a diet that includes blackberries due to their high concentration of phytoestrogens---plant estrogens. Phytoestrogens are of interest because it's generally believed they may play a role in the prevention of cervical cancer and breast cancer. Of all berries, blackberries and strawberries contain the highest levels of these phytoestrogens, which act much like a natural form of estrogen in women's bodies.
Fiber, Vitamin C and Acids
A major positive effect of consuming blackberries has to do with their naturally high levels of compounds such as vitamin C (which is also an antioxidant), fiber, ellagic acid, rutin and gallic acid. Ellagic acid is a chemopreventative that provides consumers powerful anti-bacterial, anti-carinogen and anti-viral properties while the high fiber and vitamin C levels are yet another way that blackberries help fight cancer.
In addition to disease and illness prevention, blackberries offer positive effects and benefits to people who are dieting to lose weight or simply to eat healthier. They are naturally low in calories and provide a wide range of nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, folate, calcium, copper, manganese and magnesium.