Top 3 Berry Superfoods You Must Try
There’s been a big explosion over so-called superfoods in the food sphere recently. Often, they seem to manifest in the form of berries. But what exactly are superfoods and why should we give them a try?
A superfood is a food that’s very high in nutrients, and considered to be extra beneficial for health and well-being. Essentially, it is a food that goes above and beyond to provide you with the nutrients you need. So, since many superfoods are berries, what exactly are we getting out of these little fruits?
Sometimes referred to as ‘wolfberries’, goji berries are similar in appearance to a plum tomato; small, oval-shaped and bright red. Native to Asia, goji berries have long been used in traditional Asian cuisine, but over the last two decades, they’ve become more popular in the West due to their superfood status.
Just 100g of Goji berries contains a staggering 180% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which contributes to the maintenance of normal vision. That’s a massive percentage, for such a small amount of berries, showing that a little can go a very long way. Vitamin A also contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and since goji berries are also very high in copper, which contributes to normal skin pigmentation, these are a great choice if you are trying to look after your skin health.
Used fresh, these berries would be a great addition to a smoothie. If your blender is a bit less powerful, you may find that soaking them in a little water first will help them blend better.
Although native to North America, blueberries were introduced to Europe in the 1930s. Blueberries are small and spherical, with a flared crown at the end, and, despite their name, can be blue or purple in colour.
Blueberries are high in manganese which is a mineral that contributes to the normal formation of connective tissue. They also contain a high percentage of vitamin K, and both this and manganese contribute to the maintenance of normal bones. In addition, their vitamin C content contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones, meaning that they are a fantastic choice for anyone who wants to look after their body.
Why not try blueberry pancakes for a weekend treat or add them to batter for some classic blueberry muffins?
Cranberries can be found in many countries across Europe, North America and South America. They are small and round with a vivid, deep red colour. Probably their most famous role is beside the roast turkey at Christmas, however they can also be dried and made into drinks or other sauces. The best way to get all of the nutrients from a cranberry is to consume them raw, as their nutritional benefits can be less potent in their other forms. But, however you choose to enjoy them, there are still plenty of nutrients to go around.
Cranberries contain a high percentage of vitamin C. Among many other benefits, vitamin C contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, the regular function of the immune system, and collagen formation for the normal function of gums and teeth. There’s also a lot of antioxidants in cranberries, which help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. These are cells that can cause oxidative stress, and both antioxidants and vitamin C contribute to the protection of cells from this stress.
Why not try them dried and sprinkled on your porridge in the morning or make some fresh cranberry sauce with your next Sunday roast.
So, despite their small packages, these berries pack a massive healthy punch. It’s safe to say they deserve their superfood statuses for all the benefits they give us, and there are just so many reasons to give these super berries a try!
We love how versatile these little guys are; and the fact that there are so many ways to get your daily quota. What’s your favourite way to include berries in your meals? Let us know via social media.