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Most beneficial berry reducing risk of premature death

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Author: Daria Shekina

Berries are considered an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, beneficial compounds, and fiber. Doctors recommend their consumption not only during the season but throughout the year. Eating berries significantly reduces the risk of premature death, sometimes by up to 31%, according to research published in The Journal of Nutrition.

Scientists conducted an experiment spanning over 8 years, examining health data from more than 37,000 individuals. The most beneficial berry turned out to be the cranberry, which grows in Ukraine. It reduces the risk of death by 31%. Blueberries and berries, in general, can reduce this risk by 21%. However, strawberries show a more modest result, reducing mortality risk by only 14%.

Cranberries are rich in catechins, glycosides, pectins, and flavonoids, playing a crucial role in combating severe conditions such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. These berries aid in maintaining vision and possess antimicrobial properties. Additionally, they are used as a diuretic.

Known for their invigorating and refreshing properties, these berries enhance mental and physical performance, increase pancreatic and gastric juice secretion, and serve as antipyretic and vitamin agents.

For medicinal purposes, ripe berries are harvested from the onset of the first frost until the snow cover forms, with collection resuming after snowmelt. These berries retain their properties for an extended period without significant alteration.

Berries are consumed fresh or processed into juices, syrups, beverages, extracts, kvass, morsels, jellies, and jams. Diluted with water, the juice serves as a thirst-quencher during fevers, while juice mixed with honey helps with coughs, sore throats, rheumatism, and hypertension.

Earlier, we discussed tasty foods that aid in weight loss and what happens if you consume berries daily.