Posted on June 4, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: aging, antibacterial, antioxidants, antiviral, berries, birds, birds and berries, blueberries, cancer, dark chocolate, Fiber, greens, heart disease, immune system, minerals, phytochemicals, phytonutrients, raspberries, strawberries, super greens, tea, vitamins |
For their cycle of life. Birds eat the yummy berry fruits – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and more – then fly hither and yon spreading the berry seeds. The berry seeds have more places to grow and spread, and the cycle repeats. Phytonutrients are the phytochemicals that give berries their attractive and lively colors. These highly visible colors attract the seed-distributing birds that feast on the fruit and spread the wealth.
Berries, in general, contain vitamins (Vitamins C & E are common), minerals (Manganese and Niacin, too), and fiber (4-9 grams per cup) plus a burst of succulent flavor in every bite. These fun-to-eat foods may help prevent heart disease and cancer, boost the immune system, have antiviral and antibacterial properties, and slow the aging process. These healthful benefits are due to the concentration of phytonutrients which have an antioxidant effect (kind of like anti-rust). Besides the deeply colored berries, strongly colored vegetables, nuts, flax seeds, tea and dark chocolate also tend to be high in the healthful phytochemicals.
Would you rather get your daily dose of phytonutrients and antioxidants from your cup of tea, carrots and broccoli, dark chocolate, or brightly colored berries?
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