The benefits of purple foods

Sara Nigohosyan tells us about the many benefits of purple produce.

Sara Nigohosyan
7th December 2020
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We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for us, but understanding what makes them healthy often helps us eat better and get the most out of nutritious food.

Purple foods have been found to be especially healthy because of the antioxidant they contain

Purple foods have been found to be especially healthy because of the antioxidant they contain, called “anthocyanin.” This includes fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, cherries, and vegetables like red cabbage, beetroots, and aubergines. 

They are most prominent for preventing cancer and dementia

These antioxidants have been linked to many health benefits, but they are most prominent for preventing cancer and dementia. They also increase longevity and cardiovascular health. 

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This has made purple foods quite popular in health and ‘clean foods’ culture, with people incorporating them into their smoothies, snacks, and cooking in general. Taking a look at what the foods have to offer individually, we can see why adding them into our meals would be beneficial:

Blueberries

These fruits have shown to improve brain power and short-term memory. In addition to this, their richness in vitamin C helps cells absorb iron, and the fibre they contain aids the digestive system. Considered a ‘superfood,’ they’ve also been shown to lower heart disease and cancer risks. This makes them the perfect food for improving overall health, given they aid almost every part of the body.

Beetroot

Beetroots may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but your body would definitely appreciate them. Containing iron, manganese, potassium, folate, and nitrate, it is safe to say that they are beneficial for one’s health. They have also been shown to help lower blood pressure, while increasing blood flow to the brain.

Red Cabbage 

Another vegetable worth adding to your shopping list is the red cabbage. Helping your body to produce more red blood cells, its antioxidants also help improve teeth, bone, eye, and immune health. Also a rich source of Vitamin C, it boosts the body’s immune system and helps fight off illness.

Overall, there is no reason for you not to want to increase your purple foods intake. Most of them are quite the treat, and all of them will treat your body well.

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