Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries Mmmm! These berries we all know, and hopefully love. These common and wonderful varieties of berry are high in antioxidants, which are compounds the human body requires every day in order to maintain a high level of health. Antioxidants in the body help to combat inflammation and oxidative damage that increase ill health, signs of ageing and our risk of developing disease. Oxidative damage occurs when free radicals build up in our bodies; this happens when we eat modern day junk foods and are exposed to chemicals via air pollution, smoking, drugs, traffic pollution etc. There is no escaping the chemical load of daily living, but we can combat it by increasing the amount of fresh antioxidant rich food sources we eat each day.
Fresh berries also contain high amounts of fibre, which we need to maintain optimal health in our digestive tracts. Vitamins C, A, folate and calcium are also found in berries, so if you weren’t a fan of the good old berry before, hopefully it’s nutritional benefits have swayed you.
Plus who could go past the amazing colours that berries give to any food you make with them! Such vibrancy is good for the soul!
Well I’m here to teach you what is so super about this little packets of health, and also how you can incorporate them into your diet if you so wish.
Acai berry is a super antioxidant food, packing in much more than the common variety of berry. This greatly increases it’s ability to help remove toxic waste and damaging free radicals from the body. Scientific trials have also showed that it helps dampen the inflammatory response in the human body. It also has a very high nutritional profile and therefore increases your nutritional status. The berry is very high in protein and also contains omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Via increasing your nutritional status, this super berry also increases your energy levels. Who doesn’t want increased energy levels right?
My personal experience of Acai berries is that when I used them to make superfood smoothies each morning for a week I felt honestly amazing in my energy levels. Compared to normal my energy skyrocketed. I found the freeze dried powder an easy and convenient way to incorporate these berries into my diet, and this post is making me want to go and buy myself some more! My energy has been quite low lately, so perhaps I can do a little self experiment and report back to you guys on how I feel after an acai fix! Let’s do it, i’m setting THE ACAI BERRY CHALLENGE for myself right now, tomorrow when I go to work i'll buy some powder and start making daily smoothies! Hehe, bit excited! Join in and try it with me if you like :)
Acai berry also comes in capsule form, but it’s always easier for your body to digest nutrients in powder form; it doesn’t have to break down the capsule and other ingredients used to make things into tablet or capsule form.
Historically Acai Berries come from the Amazon area, and essential grow on Acai Palm Trees.
You can see from this picture that they look very much like Blueberries!
Like acai berry, Goji berry are also very high in antioxidants, with a high concentration of vitamins and minerals that is also very energy giving. This fruit is particularly high in Vitamin C, and also contains Vitamin E which is an antioxidant not commonly found in fruits.
You can buy Goji berries in dried form, and these are a great addition to porridge, yogurt, muffins, trail mixes etc. They also come in capsule form and as a powder, which is excellent to add into juices and smoothies for an extra nutrient and energy hit.
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