For a long time, berries are known as super-foods - they are rich in various vitamins, minerals, fibers, antioxidants and other compounds that are beneficial for human and animal health. Berries are only recently become object of strict, double-blind studies that show what are they good for and why.
However, studied scientifically or not, they are one of the healthiest foods around, and when you have chance, feel free to enjoy them, even if you are on a calorie restricted diet. In fact, if you are on a low calorie diet, berries are highly recommended, since they will keep your energy levels high, provide you with many beneficial micro and macro nutrients and will even please your taste buds, too! :)
More in-depth information about health benefits of various berries can be found in the following articles.
Although each berry has its own benefits, they often overlap, so it is rather hard to pick the best and the healthiest berry in the world.
IMHO, eat them as you like and according to their availability. Fresh are the best, but they are also available as frozen or dried. Processed berries somewhat keep their health benefits, but they are not even near to fresh or frozen ones.
Mixed berries - that is the way to go! :)
If you are looking for a single, compiled source of the most healthiest berries, feel free to check Michael Joseph's 20 Types of Berries and Their Health Benefits article (article opens in the new window) at Nutrition Advance.
Or read our articles, which are ordered alphabetically.
Acerola cherries that look like small-sized red capsicums are commonly used for medicinal purposes. They are jam-packed with a variety of nutrients and taste tart or sweet. They particularly can treat disorders arising out of deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in the body.
Acerola is a beautiful green tropical shrub with its branches spread out. The intense red acerola cherries are produced within 3 years after the tree is planted. The fruit is ½ to 1 inch in diameter.
Though Research In Motion (RIM) has in a way honored blackberries just recently by naming one of their most coveted smartphones after the tiny goodies – BlackBerry, these gifts of the Nature in form of small, purplish black-colored succulent sacs are benefiting mankind since ages silently, without any show-off. Ironically we know the ins and outs of BlackBerry but we don't know much about the health benefits of blackberries; and that's the reason we should learn about them so as to offer a small tribute to these highly valuable fruits.
Currants are the wonderful fruits that are easy to grow whether you grow them in your backyard or in an apartment in containers, great to taste and can be eaten fresh or in the form of jams and jellies. There are multiple colors in currants, like black, red, white, pink and yellow, but black and red currants are apparently the most popular varieties. Here are their health benefits...
You might have heard that blueberries are good for you; but do you know how exactly they are good for you and to what extent? If not, you will find it interesting that these tiny blue gems are extremely precious and do a lot of good to your health, though their size is quite small. For those of you who eat raw blueberries regularly, knowing about the health benefits of blueberries will be encouraging and delightful, while for those who eat them sparingly it will be an eye-opener, and hopefully they will make blueberries a regular ingredient of their daily meals.
With the mention of cranberries we get enthralled because these rich red rubies are associated to holiday feasts in form of cranberry juice, cranberry sauce and dried cranberries in casseroles, stuffing or desserts. However, it is quite surprising that cranberries are immensely healthy too, because it is normally seen that tasty foods are often not healthy!
For centuries, elderberries have been used in various forms to prevent and treat various health issues. Since most of elderberries are not edible, even when fully ripe, elderberries must be processed and cooked to be safely used.
Lemon is a citrus fruit with a thick rind and soft, edible interior. It can be consumed in many ways, fresh or processed, but mostly in the form of lemonade, lemon water, or like any ordinary fruit. Peel is edible, too, and is often used for adding flavor to cookies, cakes and other food.
Lemon is a good source of some vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other beneficial compounds and its consumption can lead to better health.
Pomegranate and pomegranate juice health benefits are numerous and their regular consumption can help fight variety of human disorders. Pomegranate, pomegranate juice, pomegranate extracts and other pomegranate products are continuously tested in various clinical trials to prove or disprove their beneficial properties.
Raspberries have long been established as a health food. But recent researches are even more encouraging regarding their health benefits. Though the studies are in their early stages, scientists have definitely found out that phytonutrients in raspberries increase our cellular metabolism, one of the most important among them being rheosmin which is also known as raspberry ketone.
Recently scientists have enlisted top 50 foods as antioxidant sources from among commonly consumed foods in the United States and strawberries have got an exceptional ranking in the list. When the total antioxidant power was measured of all foods in uniform quantity (3.5 ounces or 100 g) strawberries grabbed the 27th rank among all the foods commonly eaten in the US. Moreover when only fruits were taken into consideration, strawberries were the 4th best, after blackberries, cranberries and raspberries.
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Health Benefits of Blackberries
Health Benefits of Blueberries
Health Benefits of Cranberries
Health Benefits of Raspberries
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