It’s Berry Season!Print
I remember when I first heard the word “superfood.” It was in the book, 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, and among them were berries—blueberries and raspberries in particular. I wasn’t a big berry eater at the time, but when I read that blueberries, for example, may reduce the risk of disease, inflammation and cancer, I started to add them to darn near everything I ate. Of equal importance is that they have been determined to be a brain food.
Berries are antioxidants. That means, in simpler terms, that they help to reduce oxidation (toxics and stress) in the blood and body. They also have a variety of micronutrients such as manganese, vitamin K, dietary fiber and vitamin C—all of which act as building blocks for every system in your body. And according to research by Dr. James Joseph, the lead scientist in the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, “[Blueberries] actually help neurons in the brain communicate with one another more effectively,” thus helping to keep your brain and memory sharp.
Raspberries are no lightweight either. Packed with more fiber than black beans, these little guys have calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins C and K. Raspberries also have something in them called ellagic acid, which has been shown to fight cancer cells, without fighting healthy cells as well.1
Berries are miraculous.
And so it’s no wonder that we use them in our products. Res-Q Multi has added berries, including blackberry, hawthorn berry, juniper berry, blueberry, cranberry and raspberry. And Nature’s Shield Superfood has blueberry, raspberry and cranberry.
Adding these superfoods to your diet is a must if you are taking steps to reduce inflammation and improve your brain power. In our neck of the woods—and maybe even in yours—it’s berry season. So, stock up!