Berries are among the ‘super-foods’ while search on net found anonymous results, they are low in calories, excellent source of fibers, high in antioxidants and vitamins and fat-free. They are nutritious, high in amino acids, essential fatty acids and trace minerals. They increase energy, enhance immunity and improve digestion. In fact ALL berries in whole, pure and unprocessed form have curing and astounding properties.
The reason for Super-food status is due to rich polyphenol and flavonoids / antioxidant content, natural compounds that linked with anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, heart health benefits, etc.
Polyphenols protect the brain and make healthy through their anti-inflammatory actions. Fight against harmful free radicals and dampen inflammation. The diet which is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and olive oil as guarded against the alzheimer disease.
The powerful flavonoids such as anthocyanin found in acai berries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, etc. these gives berries dark purple, blue and red pigments / colors, anthocyanin protects our body against cancer, neurological disorders, inflammation and diabetes. Also clears out free radicals reducing the risk of degenerative diseases.
Acai berries or wolfberries used for centuries by rainforest natives to increase energy, improve digestion and promote longevity. Are acai berries truly “one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world” as claimed on Oprah’s website?*
Elderberries or blackberries used in teas or tinctures to treat flu, aches, cough, and fever. These berries are high in potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. Elderberries are also anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and have a laxative effect.
Bilberries related to blueberry have been used for centuries both as medicine and food. Bilberries are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. It is good for treating vision related conditions including retina damage and cataracts. It controls diarrhea by reducing intestinal inflammation and it balances blood sugar. As a folk remedy, bilberries were used on wounds to prevent infections. Bilberry is also rich in tannins, a substance that acts as an astringent have anti-inflammatory properties and may help control diarrhea.
Note- Not suitable for children below 2 years, bilberry may be used for the treatment of diarrhea in children above 2 years under the supervision of your doctor.
All about berries soon you will find on ‘healthy foods e-book’ (Acai berry; Bilberry = whortleberry = blaeberry = whinberry; Blueberry; Blackberry; Black currants; Boysenberry; Cranberry; Cape gooseberry = golden gooseberry = golden berry = strawberry tomato; Chinese gooseberry = kiwi fruit; Cloud berry = Scandinavian berry; Cranberry = bounceberry; Dewberry; Elderberry; Goji berry, Gooseberry; Huckleberry; Juneberry = serviceberry = shadberry; Keriberry; Lingonberry; Loganberry; Marion berry; Mulberry; Olallieberry; Raspberry; Red currants; Schizandra berry, Strawberry; Tay berry; Thimbleberry; Whinberry; White currant; Youngberry)
* Inspired from www.oprah.com/health/Acai-Dr-Perricones-No-1-Superfood; www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/how-berries-can-help-your-brain-clean-house/article1683504/; www.whole-body-detox-diet.com/acai-berries.html#mul