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The Antioxidant Power of Grapes And Berries

Posted Jul 22 2010 1:38pm

It is no secret that grapes and berries are some of the hightest-contain foods out there. They are healthy on many levels - the fiber, nutrients, antioxidants, and so on, and all that adds up to being essential for good health and the prevention of sickness and disease. Even Juice Plus+® has a Berry Blend that contains nutrients from 9 different grapes and berries (and coming soon: a chewable version!).  But too many of us don't get enough fruits and vegetables in our diet, and certainly not enough berries and grapes (no, wine doesn't count!). Here's more details about the antioxidant power of berries that may help motivate you to start consuming more of them --

 That unique dark indigo blue color, the spicy aroma, that sweet-tart taste, nothing says tangy summer quite like blueberries. Not only are these berries rich in vitamin A, C, and E, but they are also bursting with healthy antioxidants. Blueberries contain both betacarotene as well as many minerals , such as potassium, manganese and magnesium.

Their high fiber content and low saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium levels make blueberries one of the most health-protecting antioxidants available during this season. May through October is blueberry season, this is when you will find fresh blueberries at most of your grocery stores. During other months, blueberries are imported.

Antioxidants are valuable elements that prevent cancer-causing cell damage. They do this by binding the free electrons, aiding the halt of free radical production. Free radicals are groups of atoms that affect cells and impair the body's immune system. Antioxidants are also believed to limit the changes brought on by old age related diseases.

Blueberries have the highest level of anthocyanins than any other fruit or vegetable, an antioxidant that is known to reduce human heart disease and cancer. These are what create that signature blend between that dark blue and red color that makes blueberry violet. This is also the culprit for those brutally stained blue lips on your children's faces and that irremovable stain since anthocyanins are what makes these berries bleed. This substance is also believed to fight E. Coli.

Comments: Berries are easy to consume. You don't have to do any preparation other than a quick rinse to remove some of the dirt, but that's it.  And it's best to consume them in their natural state - ripe and raw, for maintaining the optimal amount of nutrients that exist in them.  With all the benefits there are, you should make the effort to consume more.  And why not add Juice Plus+® Berry Blend (also called Vineyard Blend) to get even more nutrients from grapes and berries. Chances are, with even the best of efforts, you probably will still fall short of the daily minimum recommendation.

The Health & Wellness Institute, PC
Official Juice Plus+® Independent Distributor

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