Berries are amazing. Different colors indicate diverse pigments that protect the body against oxidant damage. Even though possessing such a small size, the amount of antioxidant shielding for our cells in this little nutrient powerball is enormous.
The basic principle starts with one electron that doesn’t have a partner. It could be found anywhere in the body. This unpaired electron is called an oxidant. If not neutralized, it could lead to a cell that is out of control. Out of control cells, left alone, can lead to abnormal cell growth and cancer.
Damaging situations like this are going on non-stop and natural processes in the body handle most of them safely. Even if you eat all the right foods, there are other risks. Some of these are excess sun (or any other type of radiation), smoking, alcohol, aging, polluted air/water, susceptible genetics (DNA may even initiate the cancer) and too much food. There are other risks too.
The more variety of berries the more protection for the body. What these pigments (antioxidants) do is “quench” the oxidant. This is done by stabilizing the lone electron. If it is paired off, just like a happy couple, it can’t cause damage to the cell. Exactly what these berries do is carry a bucket brigade of mate electrons to put out the oxidant fire. Once its extinguished, it back to business as usual.
We have previous discussed the power of the blueberry, cranberry, blackberry, grape, raspberry and strawberry. Renovating Your Mind from a previous article:
Powerful Nutrition Comes In Little Packages
Besides their protective pigments, berries don’t raise sugar levels rapidly. Great for diabetics! Reason being the skin and the fiber inside the berry prevent the quick breakdown of the sugars. In addition, there are filled with various vitamins and minerals. Potassium is one that will lessen the effect sodium has on blood pressure therefore lowering pressure. Caution: patients with diabetes should also be monitoring blood sugar even with berries.
The listing goes as aronia berry, barberry, black raspberry, elderberry, gojiberry, olallieberry and Yumberry.
Picture of the Yumberry is found on the cover of this article.
The reason you don’t find many of the berries listed above is because they are not yet mainstream supermarket produce. It will happen as the demand for different flavors are discovered by consumers throughout the country. These berries occur in the wild and in small Farmers’ Markets throughout the U.S.
Berries are so expensive in the supermarkets because they are highly perishable. The stores have to trash large amounts of rotten or fungus-covered berries. They also take a lot of time to pick. In addition, they are very difficult to handle and ship because of their fragility. My advice to you is before you leave go to supermarket checkout, journey over to the frozen fruits and pick out about 3-4 bags of berries. They are flash right after picking so they are better than the fresh that are imported from places other than your state. In addition, they pick the ripest so the nutrients including those important antioxidants are of the highest levels. In addition, the sweetness is at least about 50% higher than what you purchase in the market. When its flash frozen is contains a lot more naturals sugars which makes it better for smoothies and other uses. So listen to me and just do it! Really!
Aronia Berries also called “chokeberries”
If you can find any of the berries described above try them. There are loaded with all different types of antioxidants. The more colors you consume daily, the higher your protection against cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. From all the positive studies written up on produce, I can almost guarantee you will lower your risk of chronic disease. Your will have more of a chance of finding these wild berries fresh in Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Wegman’s. If you don’t see them, ask for the produce manager. Tell him to order the product.
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