“A little work, a little play, all adds up to a berry nice day”. This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite childhood cartoon characters, Strawberry Shortcake. Berry benefits are very real, so my updated version of this saying would be something like this: “A little work, a little play, make sure to eat your berries every single day”.
Berries will support total body health and are such a great food choice because of their nutritional density, and low sugar content. Eat fresh and organic whenever possible. Eat them frozen, add to smoothies, cereal, baked goods, and when in doubt, eat with dark chocolate! 🙂
This is the Berry must list. They are ALL high in antioxidants, and ALL great for immune health, and surprisingly, most are great for cardiovascular health too. We left those 3 qualities off each description so we could highlight some of the other unique benefits of each individual type of berries.
Goji Berry: anti-aging properties, eye health, liver health, positive mood, healthy blood pressure and blood sugar maintenance
Acai Berry: rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and fatty acids, boosts energy, supports strength and endurance levels
Indian Goose Berry: especially high in vitamin C, anti-inflammatory, lung and respiratory support
Blueberry: improved vision, enhance memory, and urinary tract health
Blackberry: slows aging, good source of folic acid, fiber, potassium, calcium and iron
Cranberry: especially high in vitamin C, anti-bacterial, supports healthy cholesterol, urinary tract health, increases blood flow, anti-aging, and mineral rich
Strawberry: brain health, rich in fatty acids, high in many vitamins and minerals
Raspberry: eye health, and a rich source of bioflavonoids
Acerola Berry: especially high in vitamin C, healthy vision, anti-cancer properties
Sea Buckthorn Berry: high in vitamin A and betacarotene, rich in fatty acids and phytosterols, heart health, thyroid support, liver health, and reproductive health
Elderberry: natural diuretic, detoxifier, high in bioflavonoids, anti-viral, digestive health, circulation and capillary support
Bilberry: natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, eye health, kidney and bladder support
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