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Bearberries, Blackberries – More Super Fruits

In our third in a series of fruit frenzy favorites we will take a look at two more super fruits, bearberries blackberries and  their health benefits. (Click the thumbnails below for a large view of the berries.)


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Bearberries

Bearberry Fruit
Bearberries

Bearberry is used for bladder treatment in European folk medicine. Hydroquinones found in the bearberry leaves have antibacterial properties that aid infections.

A cup of bearberry tea, made from the dried leaves infused in boiling water, can help with urinary infections, kidney and bladder problems and prostate disorders.

Bearberry Tea

To make a cup of bearberry tea use 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried leaves for every 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse the leaves for ten to fifteen minutes, covered. Strain and drink. When treating infections or other problems with the urinary system you can drink up to three cups a day of this herbal infusion.

Bearberry Leaves

Bearberry leaves can  be smoked to get rid of headache. However, using bearberry in this form is illegal and is carefully regulated in many parts of the world, as it has a narcotic effect.

Bearberry nutritional value can be obtained by consuming it raw.

Blackberries

Blackberries
Fresh Blackberries

Blackberry fruit contains vast amounts of anthocyanocides, which are found in the pigment that gives the berries their color. Anthocyanocides are powerful antioxidants. Give an antioxidant packed boost to your next fruit smoothie with blackberries.

Blackberry Leaves

Blackberry leaves are said to treat non-specific diarrhea and inflammation of the mouth and throat. The leaves are also said to reduce blood sugar. The leaves contain good amounts of vitamins C and E along with the mineral selenium.

Blackberry Tea

Use 1 generous tablespoon of dried blackberry tea leaves per cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain. Add honey or sugar to taste. You can combine equal amounts of dried mint and dried blackberry tea leaves as a combination.

All BerriesMixed fresh berries

  • Are low in sodium, fat and cholesterol free.
  • An excellent source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.
  • Support heart health, normal blood pressure and weight loss.

Super Fruits: Persistent Point

All fruits are healthy for us, but the best ones are those with the most fiber. A good rule of thumb is to stick with the “S or S” fruits. These are the ones with edible skins or seeds. Fruits included are apples, peaches, pears, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and grapes. Eating the skin and seeds amps up your fiber intake. The skin and the seeds contain most of the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

That’s why it’s much better to eat whole fruit, rather than relying on juices.

See also: A tasty recipe for Blackberry Syrup on our sister site, Belly Bytes.

First two fruit frenzy posts:

  1. Super Fruits Acai, Apricots and Avocados
  2. Blood Oranges and Bananas

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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