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Be a Berry Blissful Belle

In the world of raw food cuisine, it’s hard to keep up with the latest super food craze. Every time you flip open a magazine, there is a new exotic berry topping the list of antioxidant-rich foods and life-saving nutritional powerhouses. All too often these foods are derived from far lands, deep within jungles, and therefore either dried, frozen or otherwise altered to improve shelf-life and make transportation possible. Berries, on the other hand, are readily available and accessible to everyone. Aside from being absolutely delicious,berries have a handful of benefits that a Blissful Belle needs in her every day life. With so many berries to choose from, how does one know which ones do what? Here is your guide to being a berry Blissful Belle.

Blue Berries: Sure, you enjoy your occasional blue berry muffin, what girl doesn’t? But did you know that blueberries have a higher capacity for free radical neutralization than anyother berry? Blueberries help preserve the collagen in our tissues which prevents our cells from deteriorating. Blueberries contain a special group of antioxidants called Carotenoids. Cartenoids help preserve your vision. As we grow older, our vision tends to fade but blueberries help slow down visual loss. So the next time you reach for that muffin, keep in mind that a cup of fresh blueberries (which is only 64 calories) is much more beneficial.

Strawberries:With over 600 varieties of strawberries on the earth, you won’t have to look hard to find this red and juicy health booster. Like most berries, strawberries are high in antioxidants. So what makes strawberries unique? Because of their powerful antioxidant capacity, strawberries help protect our brains from age-related mental debility. Like blueberries, strawberries also reduce degeneration of the eyes, and are a great source of potassium, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, omega-3 and fatty acids among many.

Acai Berry:OK, so this one is not as easy to find as most berries, but it is worth the search. The benefits of acai berry can be summed up in two words…Healthy Skin. The antioxidants in acai berry prevent your skin from disintegrating when you start the premature aging process. These antioxidants, smooth face lines and wrinkles formed when your skin loses elasticity. Regenerative nutrients and antioxidants present in acai berry ensure that the cells in your body function to the best of their abilities They also provide energy by burning calories and enhance your metabolism. The berry does not hold up well to transport, so it is most often sold as Acai pulp, Acai juice, or Acai berry supplements.  Most Whole Foods stores carry Genesis brand Acai Juice.

Blackberry:Nope, im not talking about your cell phone, ladies. Blackberries are probably the least known of the berry family but blackberries have their own bag of tricks. Blackberries contain tannins, which is a substance that can help us to overcome pain. According to Sarah Wilson, an expert in nutrition from the Princess Grace Hospital in London, rubbing berries on the injured skin will tighten the tissue so that helps constrict blood vessels and reduce bleeding. How’s that for a multitasking blackberry?

The next time youre at the farmers market or your local grocery store, look out for this delicious family of healthy fruits!


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