There are some foods that are called superfoods as they are very rich and high in antioxidants. There are several studies, that show the benefits of berries. Studies have shown that berries are very healthy for your cardiovascular system. A further study with women who did eat 2-3 times a week blueberries and strawberries, experience slower mental decline with age than women who consume fewer of the fruits.
Berries are loaded with important nutrients. Even frozen berries still have loads of antioxidantes and more than a glass of orange juice.
Blackberries are notable for their high levels of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid and manganese, they also rank well for antioxidant strength, with notable levels of polyphenolic compounds, such as ellagic acid, tannins, ellagitannins, quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins and cyanidins. Blackberries are one of the strongest antioxidant foods.
Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. We recommend enjoying raw blueberries to provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits. But as as the time you get fresh blueberries is very limited you can also take the frozen ones.
Cranberries are a rich source of the flavonoid quercetin which can inhibit the development of both breast and colon cancers. While familiar nutrients like vitamin C and fiber play a very important role in cranberry’s health benefits, it’s the amazing array of phytonutrients in cranberries that has gotten the special attention of health researchers. I get my favorite cranberries at Holand & Barretts.
Because of their fruit structure, raspberries are among the highest fiber-containing foods, with up to 20 percent fiber per total weight. They are also a great source of vitamin C, manganese, B vitamins 1–3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron. As for the antioxidants, raspberries contain the all-important anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid. Yellow raspberries have fewer antioxidants.
Strawberries aren’t exotic and don’t require long traveling distances. One serving of strawberries offers 85 milligrams of vitamin C, or 150 percent of the Daily Value. They provide fiber, manganese, folate, potassium, and like the rest of the berry family, antioxidants.
Acerola cherry known scientifically as Malpighia emarginata, and commonly as acerola, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepemyrtle, this shrub is native to South America, southern Mexico and Central America, but is now also being grown as far north as Texas and in subtropical areas of Asia. The fruit has about nine times the vitamin C found in a typical orange.
Why you shouldn’t drink juice?
During the last 20 years, I always recommended to eat fresh or frozen berries or drink it as a juice. But now I know that drinking Juice isn’t the right thing to do. Let me explain it with orange juice – not a berry but you will soon understand why you shouldn’t drink juices. Did you ever eat a fresh orange? Sure you did! And how did you feel after eating an orange. You didn’t grab a second one or third one as with one orange you were satisfied. Now, 1 Orange contains about 10g of natural fruit sugar. How many oranges are in a glass of juice 2 or 3? So that would add up to 30g of sugar. That is the same amount as in a glass of coke! And I was always so proud I didn’t drink any soft drinks.
I know, that is tough to get into the brain, because I loved my juice. Everyday smoothies, orange or grapefruit juice. But one day I’ve decided to stop and see what happened. I started to loose weight. This is one of my hints if you like to loose weight. NO MORE OR LESS juice and smoothies. The only juice I now drink is in the early morning a fresh squeezed grapefruit but WITHOUT the bits! DON’T buy the juice in the shop – only fresh and only Grapefruit. The most sugar is in the bits. I mix it with wheat grass powder or spirulina and some lemon juice. It is an amazing morning power drink! Looks a bit ugly green, but tastes good.
Can’t get fresh berries?
Freezing is a very gently process to preserve food. Very low temperatures inhibit growth of microorganisms and retard enzymic and chemical activity (minus 18 degrees Celsius). Especially the content of vitamin C, one of the most sensitive nutrients, almost is the same like in fresh picked berries and it will almost stay the same for months. For example, if you store fruit for three days without freezing, it will loose about 50 percent of its vitamin C content. Fresh and frozen berries almost have the same nutritional value.