Out of all the possible types of food, berries are probably one of the healthiest and most widespread on planet earth. If I had to choose only three varieties of foods to eat, berries would be one of them. They are loaded with powerful phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and great TASTE! Various varieties of berries can be found on almost every continent, from pole to pole, and they grow well without any tending; I think they are one of God’s greatest food gifts to us. While fresh berries can be expensive, frozen berries are almost just as nutritious and more versatile. Also, since berries grow wild in most places, they are one of the few foods that can still be gathered for free if you’re willing to invest a little bit of labor (also a great opportunity to get outdoors for fresh air and sunshine). Read below for some of the nutrients found in berries and their amazing benefits:
Ellagic Acid: Ellagic Acid is an organic compound and an anti-oxidant. Preliminary studies have found that ellagic acid (found in high concentrations in the seeds of blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries) has potential antiproliferative effects and cardiovascular benefits.
It’s important to remember that the organic compounds listed above aren’t always effective when isolated as supplements. Whole foods, like berries, contain hundreds of nutrients that work synergistically to improve absorption and utilization of these important compounds.
With all these health benefits in such a tasty, low calorie, high-fiber food, what are you waiting for? Berries are delicious in cereal, in smoothies, in baked goods, and as a simple snack. Look for them fresh, frozen, and freeze dried.
Eat. More. Berries!
Originally posted 2013-01-07 21:38:00.