Berries: Antioxidant Powerhouse

Antioxidant-Rich Berries
 
Berries are sweet, juicy and one of the best antioxidant sources around. They’re also incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed on their own, as a tasty yogurt topping, as a smoothie ingredient, and much more. In this article, I’ll be listing five of the best berry sources of antioxidants
 
 
 
 
Blackberries
Blackberries pack 62 calories per cup and have a slightly sour, tangy taste. They’re a top source of the antioxidants anthocyanins (a group of antioxidants that are found almost exclusively in berries), 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 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
 
Cranberries
Cranberries have a tart, distinctive flavor and a single cup serving provides just 51 calories. They contain large amounts of the antioxidants 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 and taste great with cream. 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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Ditch Sugar Cravings With Peppermint Essential Oil

Ditch Sugar Cravings With Peppermint Essential Oil
"By sweetening with sugar, as an essay in The New York Times observed in 1884, “we can give a false palatableness to even the most indigestible rubbish."
- Gary Taubes, The Case Against Sugar
Hello friend!
Sugar, on its own, is not inherently bad, and in fact, it can be quite functional in foods! It adds the sweetness of course, but can also serve as a natural preservative in foods like jams and jellies.
The real problem isn't the sugar itself, it's that we eat too much of it. Westerners tend to have a sweet tooth, and it's likely contributing to health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

While some people choose to go zero-sugar in an attempt to reduce their sugar consumption, many experts recommend a less drastic approach. Reading labels, making mindful choices, and choosing when and where you will consume sugary foods and drinks may have longer-lasting results when it comes to your overall health.
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*Information regarding historical use of herbs and aromatic plants is for informational purposes only and is not based on modern science, nor should this information be construed as expected results from use.
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