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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Berries Are Great When It Comes To Good Health

By Pamela Redwine

Join us on Friday, March 21st at 1:30 p.m. as we learn the basics of couponing in a Realistic Couponing Program. During this program, Mary Linda Moore, Family Resource Manage-ment Area Agent with the MSU-ES, will teach beginners the basics so you can start to save money with coupons. The main topics of this program are:  realistic time; realistic spending; realistic stockpile; realistic expectations.  Other topics include:  how to get started; basic facts; finding coupons; getting organized.
I want to remind everyone again of an adult sewing club interest meeting scheduled Wednesday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Multi-purpose Building in Coffeeville. If you enjoy sewing for others and wish you had more time to do it, we would love for you to join us. During this meeting we will discuss projects that we will work on, as well as a day and time for us to meet. Projects are for residents at the Yalobusha Nursing Home and patients at Blair Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson.
Youth planning on submitting an art entry in the North Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries Art Contest can come to the Extension office on Thursday, March 20 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to work on their entry. Mrs. Pat Rodrigue, local artist, will be available to assist.
The Yalobusha Buddies and the Yalobusha Clover Buds will meet Thursday, March 27th at 4 p.m.  We will be preparing for our Spring Fashion Show.  Members will need to bring the outfit and accessories (shoes, jewelry, purse etc) they plan to model. The outfit should be a spring outfit. The members will present their Spring Fashion Show at the nursing home in Water Valley on Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Parents are responsible for getting their child to the nursing home by 9:50 a.m. Parents are invited to stay for the fashion show.

Flavor Exploration: Berry
Berries are packed with nutrients and flavor. They’re relatively low in calories and are considered to be an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of potassium. Since potassium is a nutrient of concern for most Americans (most people don’t get enough of it), berries are even more attractive when it comes to good health. Plus, berries have lots of dietary fiber, which is another nutrient of concern for Americans.
Types of Berries
Common kinds of berries include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries.
Berries and Your Health
Strawberries are excellent sources of vitamin C. In fact, a single serving of strawberries offers 80% of the vitamin C that you need in a day. Vitamin C helps protect your cells from the damage of oxidation, and since your body can’t make vitamin C on its own, you need to eat a certain amount of it every day in order to stay healthy. So pick up some strawberries for a tasty health boost!
Raspberries are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements. The phytonutrients in raspberries help reduce the risk for atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, obesity, and even type 2 diabetes. Make these flavorful berries a part of your diet, today!
According to the Survey of antioxidant capacity and phenolic composition of blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry in Nanjing, ”Blackberries are notable for their health benefits based on high nutritional contents of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, and the essential mineral, manganese […].  Blackberries also rank highly among fruits for antioxidant strength, particularly due to their high contents of phenolic compounds.” Those antioxidants are great for your health, protecting your cells from free radical damage.
Blueberries are some serious health rockstars. They’re packed with phytochemicals that reduce inflammation, fight neurodegeneration, protect cells from oxidation, and even reduce cancer risk. Blueberries are also good sources of fiber.
Last, but not least, are cranberries. Cranberries contain compounds that can help prevent urinary tract infections. They also contain significant amounts of salicyclic acid, which is a key ingredient in aspirin. salicyclic acid helps reduce swelling and prevent blood clots. So add cranberries to your diet now and start reaping the health benefits!
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