We’ve all heard that berries are loaded with antioxidants (what ever that means) and that we should all eat more of them. But there are so many more benefits to keeping berries in your diet, than just their antioxidants!
Luckily they are also delicious (in my opinion) and there are tons of different ways to prepare them so you don’t ever get bored. And within the berry family there is a ton of variety, you have berries that lean towards sweet and some that are more sour and tart.
Whatever your berry preference, adding more berries into your diet can truly be beneficial to pretty much everyone!
The 5 Berry Best for You
Full of vitamins, antioxidants and even fiber, raspberries can help with weight-loss, strengthen the immune system, aids with anti-aging and improves skin health. They are primarily sweet and easy to eat, due to their soft texture and no large pit or seed in the middle. They can easily be added to smoothies, eaten whole or the fruit powder can be added to tea bags and steeped.
2. Acai Berries
These purple skinned and yellow-fleshed berries have a large seed in the middle and have a somewhat earthy taste. These berries are high in fat and low in sugar along with many great minerals for the body such as zinc, iron, copper etc. Acai berries can help to boost brain function, improve cholesterol levels and of course provide antioxidants. Its three main forms for consumption are purees, powders or juices, but powders will deliver the most concentrated amount of nutrients.
With high levels of manganese, these berries are great for helping you maintain and improve brain functions, such as short-term memory and motor skills. They can also help reduce inflammation, fight off infections and boost immunity. While also being great for women’s menstrual health, such as cramps, and everyone’s cardiovascular health and skin. They are great in smoothies or eaten whole with or without yogurt.
While all berries have antioxidants, blueberries have the highest concentration among the most common fruits and vegetables. Blueberries can help to reduce DNA damage and fight ageing, and regular consumption is linked to lower blood pressure. They are great for those with diabetes and help to fight urinary tract infections. And with no seed or pit they are easy to eat on the go and to add to any meal.
5. Goji Berries
- These berries contain vitamins C, A, Fiber, Iron and Zinc on top of its antioxidants. With immune system boosting properties, these berries are great for cold and flu protection. They may aid in weight loss due to their fiber content and low calorie nature. Overall they are great for energy, focus and over all well-being. Treat them much like raisins and add them easily into trail mixes, or drink as a juice or tea.
Berries are so good for you, and are good alone or in tons of recipes (healthy and not so healthy) depending on your mood. And even though there are tons of fad diets out there, berries are allowed in almost all of them, so you never have to feel guilty.
Berries are one of the easiest and most delicious ways to improve your health. But if eating whole berries is not your thing, then utilizing berry powders is a great option.
KBA now has a Berry Citrus Tea blend that offers all the amazing health benefits listed above for Goji berries, Acai berries and Raspberries. And with a yummy mixed berry flavor and aroma, it is an easy way to reap berry benefits without having to prep them much at all!
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