Sweet protection: Based on data from 130,000 people, a recent National Institutes of Health-funded study found that berries helped protect against Parkinson’s disease.
Because of its abundance of fruit, summer is a sweet season.
Not only is fruit delicious, it also may contain cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Antioxidants are powerful compounds that are believed to help prevent heart disease and cancer, reduce blood pressure and slow the effects of aging. How does this happen? They prevent and repair the stress that comes from oxidation, a natural process that occurs during normal cell function.
Dark-colored fruit is the most reliable source for these nutrients. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are filled with antioxidants. Blueberries, in particular, appear to delay the onset of age-related cognitive decline. Tomatoes (yes, they’re a fruit) also may protect us against certain kinds of cancer, prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, and help maintain mental function as we age.
So don’t be afraid to fill your carts with fruit. Your body will thank you!
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