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SuperFood Saturday: Berries

SuperFood Saturday: Berries

Sweet and tangy, berries are one of the most common superfoods that we can find in homes. From strawberries to blueberries to blackberries and beyond, these small fruits contain cancer fighting, age preventing flavonoids.

 

  • Flavonoids – Flavonoids are the chemical compounds that give berries their bright colors, ranging from reds and oranges to deep blues and purples. These phytochemicals not only produce pigments, but they also act as antioxidants that fight free radicals in order to protect against carcinogens, and prevent aging. They have also been shown to improve memory function and reduce inflammation.

 

      • Blueberries and Bilberries – The flavonoid content of these berries are of the highest overall antioxidant power.
      • Strawberries – In addition to flavonoids, strawberries contain ellagitannins, antioxidants that have been shown to protect against colon and cervical cancer.

Berries grow on low bushes and shrubs, and are ready to be picked late in the spring and early summer. Each type of berry gives a different assortment of flavonoids that are most potent when eaten straight off the vine, so a freshly picked mixed berry salad or smoothie should definitely be a breakfast staple this summer!