Blackberries are an edible fruit found in woodland and hedgerows from the end of the summer until October.
Blackberries are rich in anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect against heart disease.
While there is no single 'superfood' that can prevent cancer, eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of cancer.
A study by the Nutritional Neuroscience Journal found that including blackberries regularly in the diet improved motor and cognitive function, and consuming wild blackberries may provide a protective effect on the brain.
Several studies have examined the anti-inflammatory effects of blackberries, which suggest they may offer protection against inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
A 2013 study found that blackberries have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, which could help to treat tooth infections and cold sores.
Blackberries are safe for most people, but if you have a sensitivity to salicylates you should be aware that they are a source of these natural chemicals.
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