There’s nothing tastier than a plump, juicy blackberry. Blackberries also provide a powerful defense against cataracts. Cataracts are a natural result of aging, but a reaction called oxidative stress can cause cataracts to grow much more rapidly. Oxidative stress results when free radicals in the environment damage our DNA, including the cells in our eyes.
All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants to protect the body against oxidative stress, but the blackberry is especially potent. Research from The Nurse’s Health Study shows that women who ate a healthy variety of vegetables, fruits and grains containing antioxidants were half as likely to develop cataracts. Their risk significantly lowered when their diet was rich in vitamin C and E. One cup of blackberries contains over half of your daily value of vitamin C and 7,701 total antioxidants per serving.
Whether you throw a handful on top of your cereal, add some to a fruit salad or eat them all by themselves, blackberries are delectable. To inspire you to eat some fresh blackberries to fight cataracts, here is a new recipe to try!
- 1 cup nonfat, plain yogurt
- 1 cup frozen blackberries
- ½ to 1 cup orange juice, depending on the thickness you prefer
- Honey to taste
Combine all ingredients into a blender and serve in a chilled glass. Preventing cataracts has never been so delicious!