Berry refers to any small, sweet, juicy and brightly-colored fruit. Most berries are naturally sweet and require little effort to prepare. Just rinse them under water and serve as a nutritious snack or dissert. Berry contain significant percentages of a day’s macronutrient needs – carbohydrates, protein, fat, and dietary fiber. They also have notably high levels of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin K.
The pigments (anthocyanins) that give berries their beautiful blue and red hues are also good for your health. Due to the premium antioxidant strength of most berries, they are widely used as ingredients in functional food or dietary supplements industry.
Most berries are a source of polyphenol antioxidants, which have been commonly known to be good for health and can improve immune systems. Besides, every different berry has its own characteristics.
With the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (expressed as ORAC score) of 9,584 units per 100 g, Cranberry ranks near the top of 277 commonly consumed foods in the United States (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of Selected Foods , 2007). Raw cranberries and cranberry juice are excellent food sources of the anthocyanidin flavonoids, cyanidin, peonidin and quercetin (Duthie SJ, 2006). These are powerful beneficial compounds. Also research shows that cranberry is an ideal supplement for urinary tract health (Cranberry juice creates energy barrier that keeps bacteria away from cells, 2008).
Due to their dense contents of ellagic acid, quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins, cyanidins, pelargodidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid, raspberries rank near the top of all fruits for antioxidant strength, with ORAC value of about 4900 per 100 grams (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of Selected Foods , 2007).
Similar to red grape, some blueberry species contain in their skins significant levels of resveratrol which promotes heart health, long life as well as weight loss. Other benefits of blueberry include support immune system and brain function (Russell WR, 2007).
High in anthocyanins, mulberry is a good source of anthocyanins for functional foods or food colorants.
Wolfberry (Goji Berry)
Wolfberries have long played important roles in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where they are believed to enhance immune system function, improve eyesight, protect the liver, boost sperm production and improve circulation (Gross PM, 2006). Wolfberry also contains zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering roles. It is reported that, due to its antioxidant properties, wolfberry has potential benefits for heart and visual health.
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Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of Selected Foods . s.l. : Nutrient Data Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture,, 2007.
The effects of cranberry juice consumption on antioxidant status and biomarkers relating to heart disease and cancer in healthy human volunteers. Duthie SJ, etc. 2, Eur J Nutr. : s.n., 2006, Vol. 45, pp. 113-122.
Cranberry juice creates energy barrier that keeps bacteria away from cells. [Online] 2008. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-07/wpi-cjc072108.php.
Availability of blueberry phenolics for microbial metabolism in the colon and the potential inflammatory implications. Russell WR, etc. 6, June 2007, Mol Nutr Food Res. , Vol. 51, pp. 726-731.
Chapter 6 Wolfberries and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chapter 7 Nature’s Bounty of Nutrition and Health. Wolfberry phytochemicals and disease research: implied health benefits. Gross PM, etc. Booksurge Publishing, Ch, 2006.
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