There is a lot of talk these days about eating to stay healthy and which supplements you should be taking. Choosing an eating program or diet that is right for you can be daunting. One thing most experts agree on, though, is that including berries in your diet is an important step towards maintaining good health. Here are 7 things that make berries a superfood.
We have all heard the term, but what does it mean? Antioxidants are compounds that prevent oxidation, a chemical reaction that produces free radicals that damage the cells of an organism. For us, that means that they can prevent naturally occurring cell damage that can lead to chronic diseases. Studies suggest that obtaining antioxidants from fruits and vegetables is more beneficial than supplements. Almost every berry we can consume contains high levels of different types of antioxidants.
These are a category of more than 8000 types of compounds naturally occurring in a wide array of plant foods that can act as antioxidants and are believed to improve digestion, decrease inflammation, and help guard against some chronic illnesses. Though we often hear about their presence in dark chocolate and red wine, polyphenols occur in many fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, and legumes. Berries such as red grapes, Aronia berries, elderberries, raspberries, and strawberries all contain substantial amounts of polyphenols.
Tannins are a type of polyphenol and provide antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. We frequently hear about them when talking about wine; they are the compound that give wine something called “mouth feel”. They are also present in tea and create that unique dry mouth sensation. In addition to giving beverages their distinct flavors, tannins have also been linked to reduced inflammation and lowered incidents of chronic illness.
Berries contain a lot of fiber that helps protect your digestive tract and prevent inflammation. Approximately a half cup of blueberries contains over two grams of fiber and a half cup of raspberries contains about 6 grams. Because of their high fiber content, they have low net carbohydrates and are considered a low-carb friendly food.
All berries contain a wide array of nutrients essential for maintaining good health. They contain Vitamins A, C, E and K as well as a long list of minerals that help the body function at optimal levels.
They give berries their characteristic dark red and purple colors and they are strong antioxidants. They have been linked to improved cardiovascular health, lowered blood pressure, and reduced allergies. They are found in the skins of grapes, other dark berries, dark chocolate, and some nuts. The highest concentration of proanthocyanidins occurs in black Aronia berries.
If food is not delicious, it will not matter how many nutritious compounds it contains, because no one will want to eat it, especially children. Berries are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, and they taste excellent in every form. They can be served in desserts, in savory main dishes, in salads, in smoothies, or all on their own. No matter how picky your eaters are, you are sure to be able to find berries to satisfy them.
Though fresh berries contain the most nutrients, modern food freezing technology ensures that even frozen berries contain high amounts of the compounds that make berries an all-around superfood. Superberries Frozen Aroniaberries or Aroniaberry Concentrate provide all the benefits of berries in easy to use and store packaging.