Field Notes Blog
As we approach the active summer season, many people increase their focus on health and wellness. When looking for healthy snack options, don’t forget berries!
Most berries have been found to have disease fighting properties and fall under the superfood category. Berries are available year-round, thanks to new technology in variety development and distribution systems. Naturipe® offers a wide selection of organic and conventional berries throughout the year.
The blueberry is literally an antioxidant powerhouse. That famous deep blue color is related to high amounts of phytonutrients called anthocyanidins. These phytonutrients aid in the process of neutralizing free radical damage in our cells.
The American Institute for Cancer Research states the following in reference to blueberries: “We now know that blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants, substances that can slow the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer.”
Strawberries are high in antioxidant phytonutrients known as phenols. Phenols are responsible for protecting against heart disease, reducing risks of cancer and acting as an overall anti-inflammatory.
Studies show that strawberries may help protect our brains from age-related mental debility, due to a powerful antioxidant capacity. Strawberries also reduce macular degeneration of the eyes and are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, many B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, iodine, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and copper.
Raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats and are a rich source of dietary fiber and anti-oxidants. Raspberries have significantly high levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals. Scientific studies show that these antioxidant compounds have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative diseases.
Fresh raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin-C, which is also a powerful natural anti-oxidant. Studies show that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C help build resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation and scavenge harmful free radicals.
Blackberries are more than just powerful antioxidants. They are also high in chronic disease and cancer-fighting compounds: vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid. They also hold high levels of a soluble fiber known as pectin, a substance that studies link to lowered levels of cholesterol.
The list goes on-and-on. Incorporate berries in your diet today!