I was going to write about each type of berry individually, but since they mix together in lots of juicer recipes and they all provide similar benefits, I lumped them all together in one article. The most common berries include strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
Berries get their deep color from the large amount of phytonutrients packed into them that act as antioxidants. These antioxidants (as stated before) boost the immune system and fight of dangerous free radicals from the body. These same nutrients also are commonly linked to fighting many types of cancer.
Berries are great sources for Vitamin C and manganese, both of which aid the bodies’ protective systems that fight free radicals. Each type has its own unique benefits as well. Strawberries are great for fighting heart disease and inflammation. Blueberries have been linked to improving night vision and brain functionality. Raspberries have antimicrobial properties that fight bacteria growths in the body.
It is always a good idea to go organic when fruit juicing. Berries usually contain traces of pesticides and chemicals – especially strawberries. Do yourself a favor and spend the extra money for organic berries to prevent these compounds getting in your juicer recipes. At the very least, get organic strawberries, as they are the worst offenders when it comes to chemical traces.
A great thing about berries is that if you don’t use them, you can freeze them before they go bad and use them on another day. They’re small and easy to store in your freezer. Fortunately, freezing berries does not alter the antioxidant content much, so you still get significant nutritional value.
In the next post, I’ll give a list of some great berry juicer recipes!