Berries are superfoods because they are an excellent source of flavonoids, especially anthocyanidins. These antioxidant compounds are responsible for the blue, purple and red pigments.
Superfood Berries – Berries are superfoods because of their health benefits due to their anthocyanidins. These compounds exert antioxidant activity and support brain, heart and eye health.
Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin C, soluble fibre, and insoluble fibre, such as pectin. In addition, they are a good source of manganese, vitamin E, and riboflavin.
Blueberries like cranberries can also support urinary tract health by preventing the adhesion of E.coli, the bacterium that is the most common cause of infection in the urinary tract.
- Add 1/2 cup of blueberries to your favourite smoothie recipe.
- Fresh frozen or dried berries add wonderful colour and a nutrition punch to cold breakfast cereals.
- Use berries as a filling for breakfast crepes.
Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and copper.
- Use dried cranberries to your salads to add acidity and sweetness to your green salads.
- Use dried cranberries as you would raisins.
- Add them when baking muffins.
- Sprinkle them over hot oats or cold cereal.
- Mix them with nuts for a delicious snack.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and K, polyphenols and flavonoids. They have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and therefore supports heart, joint and immune health.
Enjoy them fresh with cream or yoghurt, add them to salads, or enjoy them as topping on waffles or pancakes.
Goji berries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, high in fibre and low in sugar. Their antioxidant properties support brain, health and eye health and good circulation.
Blackcurrants are high in fibre, vitamin C, iron and manganese. Their dark colour makes them powerful antioxidants that support the immune system to fight off infections and viruses more effectively. They support skin health, eye health, brain health, kidney function, and improve circulation.
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