Tiny Tip Tuesday: Eat Some Berries

 

Beautiful antioxidant filled berries.

Beautiful antioxidant filled berries.

Summer is definitely here in the Northwest and the Farmer’s Markets are loaded with berries.  Right now, you can fill your fridge with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries and blackberries are just around the corner.  Why is this such good news for those of us interested in our health?  Because these four berries are at the top of the list for providing antioxidants.  Their  bright, vibrant colors are a sign of their antioxidant’s powerful ability to stop free radical damage.  Berries also contain a pain fighting anti-inflammatory called COX-2, found in come scientific studies to be more effective than ibuprofen.

Each of these berries offers their own particular health benefits so I diet rich in all four is optimal.  Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C, manganese and potassium.  Blueberries also have Vitamin C and fiber.  Blackberries have a little protein plus Vitamin E, Vitamin K and omega-3 fats.  Raspberries offer fiber as well as copper, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and potassium.  With all these amazing health benefits, adding berries to your diet is a delicious must do!

Shared on Natural Living Monday, Urban Naturale, Allergy Free Alaska and REal Food Forager.

Photo by Vancity Allie on flickr.

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3 Responses to Tiny Tip Tuesday: Eat Some Berries

  1. We always associate berries with antioxidants, but I loved hearing about the pain fighting anti-inflammatory properties too!

  2. I love berries! My dad grows black raspberries and those are my favorite right now. Good to know they offer such nutrition as well.
    I found your blog through the Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday link up. :-)

  3. I love to eat all kinds of antioxidant-rich berries all of the time in fact today I ate some amazing organic blackberries! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy tip with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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