Some of the healthiest foods on the earth are berries, and research shows that they are receiving recognition for their ability to benefit overall health. These seven berries are recognised for their unique properties, and can be found at your local grocery store so you won't have to chase them down to incorporate them into your daily meals.
Of the 600 varieties of strawberries, this deep red fruit protects the brain with its antioxidants and protect the rest of the body with its phenol phytonutrients. Strawberries are packed with fibre, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, iodine, manganese, folate, and fatty acids. Consuming strawberries will protect the body from disease and promote overall health.
Acai berries have been recently discovered as an underused valuable resource. Traditionally, these berries have been used for boosting energy and powerful healing. They have dense levels of anthocyanins which is associated with lowered levels of cholesterol and the overall health of the heart. Also packed with antioxidants, acai berries will work to slow the process of aging and prevent diseases that are related to oxidation damage to cells.
Absolutely packed with antioxidants, the deep blue color can be attributed to the large amounts of anthocyanidins, a form of polynutrients. These are responsible for helping to neutralise free radical damage within the cells of the body. Blueberries help to keep the cells from deteriorating, as well as keeping the diseases related to inflamed cells at bay—cataracts, heart disease, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, ulcers, and glaucoma risks are all reduced thanks to the power of blueberries.
Coffee has been a target of various health-related research, but did you know that the berry has a juicy coating on the outside that is filled with antioxidants that boost the immune system, act as an anti-inflammatory, and protect against free radicals. To get the benefits of coffee berry, one must ingest not just the extract, but the outer fruit as well as the bean. It will help you to maintain healthy cognition and brain function, while boosting the production of BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor).
Traditionally, goji berries are associated with happiness, longevity, sexual vitality, and physical strength. They have the ability to protect the liver from contaminates and fight off negative health conditions. There are 18 amino acids packed into these berries as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E along with 21 trace minerals. Beta carotene, selenium, linoleic acid, and germanium can all be found within these deep red berries. One study done for the Chinese Journal of Oncology reported that cancer patients responded to treatment better when their diet included a serving of goji berries.
These berries are high in the most important compounds for fighting cancer like vitamins E and C, as well as ellagic acid. The high levels of pectin can help lower cholesterol levels, and they are packed with important antioxidants. Blackberries may actually stunt the formation of tumors in the oral cavity, and growth of cancer cells in the colon.
Bilberries are similar in appearance and flavor to blueberries, but they are about 3 times smaller. Interestingly, bilberries have been associated with protection of the eyes, increased night vision, reduction of cataracts and macular degeneration. These berries can also be thanked for increasing the blood flow in the circulatory vessels. This property is used to treat things like hemorrhoids or varicose veins.