You’ll think you’re in heaven when picking your own blackberries that are as big as your thumb on Thornless blackberry canes at Vogley’s. Everything you need for picking and taking your fruit home is provided for you.
Did you know that eating five fruits and vegetables a day is important to help you maintain your health? Along with tasting great, fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat, and high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a low-fat, high-fiber diet helps reduce cancer risk.
Remember, five is the minimum - the more the better!
Why are blackberries good for you?
They are among the highest fruits in antioxidants.
Therefore the benefits are:
- Immune system - they neutralize harmful metabolism by products known as “free radicals”. They can cause cell damage which contributes to chronic diseases including certain cancers and heart disease.
- Birth defects - they contain folate which helps prevent certain birth defects.
- Blood count - they contain iron which is vital for the production of hemoglobin.
Have you heard the word “chemoprevention”? Chemoprevention is the use of compounds to prevent, stop or reverse the development of cancer. Nutraceuticals, phytochemicals and antioxidants fall under the term “chemoprevention”, and are often promoted because of their potential health benefits. Much of the chemopreventive substances being researched are found within fruits and vegetables.
Ellagic acid is a phenolic compound that has become known as a potent anti-carcinogenic/antimutagenic compound. Ellagic acid acts as a scavenger to ‘bind” cancer-causing chemicals, making them inactive. Berries such as raspberries, strawberries and blueberries have high concentrations of ellagic acid. These berries can be part of the five-a-day recommendation. As chemoprevention research progresses, specific recommendations for berry consumption may be developed for those at-risk for certain cancers. Until then, consult with your physician before making significant changes in lifestyle choices.
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