Naked Food Spotlight: Berries
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, goji, acai, currants, and golden berries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices, and seasonings. Berries have been associated with the prevention and lower risk of certain cancers, urinary tract health, gastrointestinal tract health, low blood cholesterol, and reduction of heart disease. They have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Berries also rate high in the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value. Studies suggest that consuming fruits and vegetables with a high ORAC value may slow the aging process in both body and brain. Berries are rich in antioxidants, catechins, dietary fiber, gallic acid, quercetin, rutin, salicylic acid, vitamins, and phytochemicals. They also contain Ellagic Acid, which is believed to play a major roll in cancer prevention and tumor reversal.
When combining different types of berries, their antioxidants properties are shown to work best. The presence of fiber and other plant compounds enhance their health benefit as well.