Outside of being delicious, berries can have an incredible effect on skin when it comes to sun damage — as in, it can help protect against it. "Blackberries and raspberries contain a type of ellagic acid that helps protect against sunburn and sun damage," explains Dr. Wu.
Snyder agrees: "Blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries have been shown to shield the brain from memory loss and contribute to enhanced memories in various studies, making them serious superfoods. Diets rich in blueberries will actually improve learning capacity and lower stress. In fact, blueberries are among the best source of antioxidants that you can easily purchase and incorporate into your diet. Berries are high in water and fiber that regulates your blood sugar while cutting your sugar cravings. This superfood is loaded with phytonutrients, a natural bioactive compound that works with minerals and vitamins to ensure mental and physical health."
Obviously, this isn’t a call to remove sunscreen or to stop reading those complicated books, but if a low-calorie snack will help protect against sun damage and help us remember where we left our keys, sign us up!
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