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!
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