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Benefits of Growing Blackberries

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Blackberries get their dark purple pigmentation from a high level of anthocyanin, a phytonutrient with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties
  • The berry is also packed with vitamins, fiber and nutrients supporting cardiovascular, digestive, bone and immune system health, as well as collagen production important in wound healing
  • Blackberries are easily grown in your garden or container; wild bushes may be tamed to produce a high yield of fruit through the summer and fall with little care except to provide an inch of water each week to support fruiting, and a side dressing of organic fertilizer
  • While the berries are nutrient-packed, it’s important to balance your intake to avoid consuming excessive amounts of fructose; add to your homemade yogurt, smoothies and fruit salads, or grab several as a snack directly from the refrigerator or freezer

Blackberries have a characteristic dark color indicating a high amount of antioxidants. Like raspberries, they are not technically a berry but rather an aggregate of individual drupes held by fine hairs. Blackberries have a solid core with a sweet, slightly tart taste.

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