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.
July 30, 2013
Margarita, thank you for this magazine, I am looking forward to delving into it further. I switched to a vegan plan about 2 months ago for health reason, I had RA so badly I was using a wheelchair just to move, now I have been on the McDougall protocol and can walk unaided, do steps and am no longer in pain. Would you recommend any programs or schools for my daughter to attend to specialize in vegan protocols…she is an avid cook but I think she would enjoy meeting up with a group to inspire her further. Thank you.
July 30, 2013
Hi Kathleen, what a great story. It is quite amazing to experience the power of plant foods, i have also experienced it myself. I’m very happy to hear about your recovery, and have nothing but lots of encouragement going your way in this message. You are doing great, and you’ll continue to so. In regards to your daughter, I would 100% recommend the Plant-based Nutrition Course from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and Cornell University. It’s a magnificent course that helps you understand plant-based nutrition in its entirety, its benefits to human health and the health of the planet. Please fee free to visit us often and contact us if you have any questions. Much health to you. XO