Berries: Big Health Benefits in Small Packages


You already know berries are good for you. But researchers are finding more and more reasons to eat these nutritious powerhouses.

Here’s one of the latest juicy details: Berries may lower the risk of erectile dysfunction. Other recent studies show they may play a potential role in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and help with weight loss.

“Berries do warrant the hype that they get,” says Barbara Shukitt-Hale, PhD, a USDA staff scientist with the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. “And where we are now in terms of research is leaps and bounds ahead of where we were 10 years ago.”

The fruits — no matter what type — are linked with lower risks of cancer, heart disease, and inflammation, Shukitt-Hale says.

But the link to erectile dysfunction is new. In a study of more than 25,000 men, those who ate the greatest amount of blueberries and citrus fruits were reported to have a nearly 20% lower risk of ED, compared to those who ate the smallest amounts. Researchers can’t prove that eating berries caused the drop in risk, and they say more study is needed.Next