#1 Encourages Brain Development from 8 Ways This One Fruit Boosts Brain and Heart Health (Slideshow)

8 Ways This One Fruit Boosts Brain and Heart Health (Slideshow)

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#1 Encourages Brain Development

Blackberries contain folate, a B vitamin used to synthesize DNA and genetic material, aid in cell division, and produce healthy red blood cells. Folate is critical for proper brain function

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#2 Banish Your Insomnia

Blackberries have omega-3-fatty acids which stimulate and enhance brain function, along with tryptophan which gives way to serotonin, an important brain neurotransmitter that relieves insomnia and depression. 

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Virgin Tropical Blackberry Cocktail Recipe

Healthy and delicious as a virgin cocktail, this would also be wonderful with a shot or two of rum.

 

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#3 Serious Omega-3’s

Just one cup of blackberries contains 135 mg of omega-3-fatty acids, more than spirulina or edamame.

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#4 Preventative Measures

Anthocyanins (the dark pigment that lends color to the fruit) found in blackberries prevent degenerative brain diseases

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Blackberry-Mint Lemonade Recipe

A perfect refresher for spring, and a healthy one to boot!

 

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#5 Improves Learning

According to a 2009 Tufts University study, blackberries have polyphenols, which are powerful anti-oxidants that help to stop inflammation and encourage the brain to soak up new information.

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#6 Memory Booster

Anthocyanin also helps trigger neuronal growth in the hippocampus of the brain, which improves memory and concentration and focus

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#7 Heart Healthy

Blackberries are amazing for the heart. According to a 2003 study in Life Sciences published by researchers from Policlinico University in Italy, researchers observed that there was prolific anti-oxidant activity of blackberry juice on vascular tissue damaged by free radicals induced by peroxynitrite, which is an oxidant that damages DNA and cells. The anthocyanin found in the blackberries is responsible for this regenerative effect.

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Blackberry-Kale Smoothie Recipe

Great for your heart and brain, this smoothie is one of the healthiest ways you can start your day. 

 

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#8 Anti-Oxidant Powerhouses

Blackberries are unique, beyond their basic berry goodness: notable for their high levels of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, and manganese. They also rank high for anti-oxidant strength, with notable levels of polyphenols, such as ellagic acid, tannins, ellagitannins, quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins and cyanidins. By many accounts, blackberries are considered one of the strongest anti-oxidant foods.

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