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Antioxidant Rich Berries

Antioxidant Rich Berries

Berries rich in antioxidants, the best sources around.  They are sweet, juicy and are a top source of the antioxidants anthocyanins (a group of antioxidants that are found almost exclusively in berries) and are an excellence source of fiber. 

What is an antioxidant?  They are molecules that neutralize free radicals (which are unstable molecules that can harm your cells).  Free radicals are constantly being formed in your body from things like exposure to chemicals, smoking pollution, radiation and most commonly, as a byproduct of normal metabolism.  Without antioxidants, free radicals would cause serious harm very quickly, eventually resulting in death.

Berries are also incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed on their own, as a tasty yogurt topping, as a smoothie ingredient, in a salad and much more.

In this article I’ll be listing five of the best berry sources of antioxidants.

Antioxidant Rich Berries

Blackberries

Blackberries pack 62 calories per cup and have a slightly sour, tangy taste. They’re a top source of anthocyanins, copper, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Plus, they’re loaded with fiber, vitamin B9 and vitamin K.

As well as protecting against oxidative damage, blackberries also benefit your body by:

  • Enhancing brain function
  • Helping your blood to clot
  • Promoting good oral health
  • Relaxing your muscles
  • Reducing inflammation

Blueberries

Blueberries are sweet, juicy and contain only 88 calories per cup. In terms of antioxidant content, they contain high levels of the antioxidants anthocyanins, manganese and vitamin C. They’re also an excellent source of fiber and vitamin K.

Blueberries have countless health benefits and in addition to the antioxidant protection they provide, these delicious berries also:

  • Accelerate fat burning
  • Regulate blood glucose levels
  • Support healthy digestion
  • Strengthen your bones
  • Strengthen your heart
  • Help lessen the tissue damaging effects of chronic inflammation
  • Have anti-viral properties and are loaded with super-detoxifying phytonutrients which act like an antibiotic by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, helping to prevent infections

Cranberries

Cranberries have a tart, distinctive flavor and a single cup serving provides just 51 calories. They contain large amounts of anthocyanins, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin E and are also rich in fiber and vitamin K.

Not only are cranberries delicious and very effective at fighting free radicals, but they also:

  • Promote good bladder health
  • Promote good oral health
  • Protect against urinary tract infections
  • Support your kidneys
  • Strengthen your eyes

Raspberries

Raspberries taste similar to blackberries but have a slightly sweeter, less tangy taste. A single cup serving supplies you with 64 calories along with plenty of the antioxidants anthocyanins, manganese and vitamin C. In addition to this, they’re a fantastic source of fiber and vitamin K.

The antioxidant protection offered by raspberries is only a small part of what they can do for your health with their other benefits including:

  • Improving digestion
  • Improving fertility
  • Protecting against depression
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Strengthening heart

Strawberries

Strawberries are one of the most popular berries available, but since they are on the “Dirty 15” list, it is best to get these wonderful berries organic. They’re a brilliant source of the antioxidants anthocyanins, manganese and vitamin C and are also the lightest berry on this list, containing just 49 calories per cup. They also contain good amounts of fiber and vitamin B9.

When it comes to health, strawberries have lots to offer. In addition to preventing the damage caused by free radicals, they also:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce blood levels of LDL cholesterol (a type of cholesterol that builds up in your artery walls, restricts blood flow and leads to various health complications)
  • Strengthen your eyes
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Support healthy digestion

Summary

As you can see, there are plenty of antioxidant rich berries out there. For the best results, try eating at least three servings of berries per week and you’ll supply your body with all the antioxidants it needs to fight free radicals, prevent oxidative damage and keep all your cells and vital organs healthy, functional and disease free.

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