By Dr. Natasha Turner for Blisstree.com
Free radicals in the body cause cellular damage, accelerate aging and contribute to the development of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. But don’t panic; berries are here! High in antioxidants and fiber, berries have a multitude of benefits that can help you feel smarter, younger…and yes, even slimmer.
1. Blueberries Can Reduce Belly Fat
Could eating blueberries truly help us rid belly fat? According to a groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Nutrition, a daily dose of the bioactive ingredients from blueberries also increases sensitivity to insulin and may reduce the risk of developing diabetes in at-risk individuals. Researchers discovered that obese, non-diabetic and insulin-resistant participants who consumed a blueberry smoothie daily for 6 weeks experienced a 22 per cent change in insulin sensitivity, compared to only 4.9 per cent in the placebo group.
Remember – the more sensitive your body is to insulin, the less insulin which needs to be released in a meal. And the number one rule in dieting is this: less insulin always = less belly fat.
2. Tart Cherries Improve Insulin Balance
Researchers have found that tart cherries have significant health benefits in animal models, including reduced belly fat. In the study, rats that received whole tart cherry powder mixed into a high-fat diet didn’t gain as much weight or build up as much body fat as rats that didn’t receive cherries. And their blood showed much lower levels of molecules that indicate the kind of inflammation that has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.
In addition, they had significantly lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides than their counterparts. As an added bonus, these berries are high in melatonin, which can improve your sweet naturally fat-burning slumber. Add to your smoothies or enjoy a snack with ½ cup Greek yogurt, ¼ cup tart cherries and a tbsp of nuts mixed together.
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