Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and currants: all red fruits – or wild berries – have many healthful properties as well as being fresh and rich in flavor.
Real tanks of vitamins, polyphenols and substances against cellular aging, wild berries are precious allies for the wellbeing of the body and they are excellent even during periods of diet because, being low in calories but rich in fiber, they provide a good feeling of satiety.
But let's find out, in detail, the properties of each one of them.
Blueberries contain many minerals such as calcium, manganese and phosphorus and are rich in vitamin C and A as well as carotenoids. These fruits are widely known because they contain natural bacterial substances, the anthocyanins, precious for the health of our circulatory system because they protect and reinforce the walls of the capillaries and veins.
Moreover, blueberries are useful in case of myopia or retinal degeneration, since the anthocyanins present also act on the retina's capillaries, protecting it, and sharpening the vision, also improving nocturnal vision.
Finally they help to keep the skin elastic and they also have a beneficial effect on the heart, thanks to their ability to increase the resistance of the myocardium.
Rich in vitamin C and mineral salts such as iron, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium, wild strawberries have a diuretic and purifying action for the body and therefore also help to reduce water retention; the significant content of vitamin C, on the other hand, makes this fruit very useful for strengthening the immune system.
Like other red fruits, they also contain many antioxidants and therefore help to keep the skin young and slow down the cellular aging process.
Sweet and tasty, raspberries have diuretic, refreshing and purifying properties. Thanks to their high content of vitamin C, raspberries also have significant anti-inflammatory properties of the respiratory tract and help to strengthen the body's immune system by reducing the chances of contracting seasonal diseases such as colds and other forms of flu.
Many virtues are also contained in their leaves, used for decoctions and infusions, which, containing flavonoids, are indicated if you suffer from water retention.
Blackberries are rich in beta-carotene, mineral salts, C and E vitamins, and fibers, and provide a protective action for the heart and at the same time help keep the arteries clean. Also blackberries, like other berries, have an antioxidant action that protects against free radicals, and they are useful if you suffer from rheumatism as they help the body to eliminate uric acid.
Also, very important is the presence of folic acid which helps to keep the levels of homocysteine in the blood low and therefore it also reduces cholesterol and triglycerides.
Finally, blackberries have good astringent abilities (good for gums), disinfectants for the mouth, tonsils and throat.
The red currants have a high concentration of vitamins of group A, B, C and K, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium, zinc, phosphorus and potassium.
Moreover, thanks to the presence of fibers such as pectin, they have purifying, diuretic, digestive and laxative properties and they are indicated if you are subject to rheumatism or kidney stones. Red currant juice also helps to eliminate toxins from the body and therefore to clean it of all the accumulated harmful substances.
To feel young, purified, fit and protected from the seasonal ills, then feel free to eat all the berries you want that, in addition to being valuable allies of our well-being, they are also a real treat for the palate!