Let’s face it - berries, of all kinds have been a serious health trend for a while now.
Run a quick google search on berries and you’ll be hard pressed not to find someone loading them into a blender and listing off all the ways they can support you for the better.
Berries are nutritious, delicious and are an antioxidant-rich food proven to support things like reduced inflammation, more youthful looking skin and a tip top immune system (and that’s just to name a few).
Delicious on their own or as part of a meal, berries can be eaten at any time of the day - including dinner for serious berry lovers.
They have been known to go perfectly with a scrumptious lunchtime salad, and we love the idea of not adding sugars to breakfast or dessert, as berries come with their own natural sweetener.
Here are six berries with antioxidants that are worthy of a regular spot on your plate:
Aside from being absolutely delicious, blueberries are high in flavonoids, which means they help to fight inflammation and studies have also shown they have the ability to delay cognitive ageing as well. Our main reason for loving blueberries though is undoubtedly their unbeatable strength in antioxidants.
So why do antioxidants matter? We’re exposed to free radicals everyday by pollution, processed foods, sugar, chemicals in personal care products, the list goes on. Antioxidants play an important role in the body by neutralising free radicals and delaying damage to our cells.
Calling all soon-to-be mamas - this berry and its leaves were made with you and your pregnancy in mind. Raspberry leaves are packed with healing properties and for centuries, these golden leaves have been known to reduce the two main pregnancy symptoms that all pregnant women are positively dreading - vomiting and nausea.
In addition to this, raspberries are one of the lowest-sugar fruits and are considered an antioxidant powerhouse, reducing anti-aging effects, lowering the risk of cancer and helping to reduce inflammation. A low-sugar fruit that also supports our health as we get older? It’s a double yes from us.
Goodbye brain fog, haziness and needing to be told something more than once before it sticks. Blackberries have been proven to have an impact on how brain neurons communicate, which means you’re much better supported with that neverending list of to-do’s every mum knows all too well. Blackberries are also super high in manganese, which acts as the ultimate cheerleader for your bone health and a healthy immune system.
Strawberries are a Vitamin C superhero. One cup of strawberries delivers around 150g of vitamin C, meaning your blood circulation, skin cells and main organs will all be dancing away together when you’re eating these gemlike fruits. Strawberries have also been known to support brain health due to their high levels in antioxidants and are one of the most powerful fighters against stomach pain and gastrointestinal discomfort. Next time you’re feeling a little queasy, instead of reaching for tablets, try the natural approach first and indulge in a few of these seeded treats.
I think we can all agree that urinating is one part of a woman’s daily routine that should be stress-free and something we shouldn't have to think about (at all). Cranberries were made for exactly that. Consuming cranberries regularly has been proven to fight off bacteria in our system, therefore preventing the possibility of having to deal with a UTI. This berry is especially important for women who are more prone to this issue, because it will get you into a flow of eating cranberries regularly for the prevention of a UTI, compared to constantly having to treat one when it comes along. We love you cranberries, we love you - said all women everywhere.
6. Goji Berry
Last but not least, the superfood berry that adds a nice little kick to our meals - goji berries. Goji berries are actually considered a superfood due to their high levels of amino acids and antioxidants, leading to a stronger immune system and healing cell damage caused by free radicals. These berries are a favourite in breakfast bowls, giving you internal support and boost of energy we all could use before a jam packed day.
If you’ve been on the fence about whether to make berries part of your regular meal plan, there’s never been a better time to take the next step and make it official with berries. With so many options to choose from with so many health benefits ready to serve you, berries are the equivalent to a best friend who will always have your very best interests at heart.
Heal Thy Self Berry Hit is a a combination of all the best berries with the highest levels of antioxidants that have been blended together with beetroot to offer a high source of nitric oxide, which creates circulation and energy through the system.
The unique blend of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries boosts energy and keeps the body’s immune system strong - perfect in your morning smoothie or simply added to water.