Why are we emphasizing on berries over all other foods here? What is it that makes berries special?
Here are some answers
Know The Facts
Most people reading this blog may think why we are focusing on berries over other foods. Nature has a lot of goodness to offer, then why berries in particular? To answer that, it would be ideal for you to first know the benefits that berries can provide you with.
Berries are full of anthocyanins, especially the berries that have a darker color. Anthocyanins are the pigments that give them this color. But, at the same time, anthocyanins are also rich in antioxidants. This is a fact that is really of importance to us here. In order to understand why berries are wonderful for health, we should understand what antioxidants can do for us. Our body is consistently ravaged by destructive elements known as free radicals. These free radicals impair our body in various ways. They slow down the metabolic processes of the body and put it in severe peril. That is the reason why we are not able to do our work effectively when we grow up, even though we could do it quite well when we were younger.
As age advances, the impact of free radicals in our body increases. The various processes of the body become slower. This includes processes like digestion, reproduction, sexual activity, psychological activities, immunity, blood circulation and almost everything else that you can think of. Free radicals impair these processes and convert out bodies into a wreck as we age.
It is at this time that we feel the need to turn to antioxidant-rich foods, like berries. Antioxidants are natural removers of free radicals. By eliminating the action of free radicals, they can bring the body back to its youthful vigor and energy. The reason why we have taken up berries is that they are the richest sources of antioxidants in the world. Their natural goodness ensures that they are great foods to consume for all the benefits that antioxidants can provide, without worrying about any side effects.
The ancient rishis of India lives solely on berries growing in the wild. These rishis never felt much hungry (berries are great appetite-satisfiers) and hence they had lean bodies and were capable of high activity and meditation. They lived a long life, most of them beyond 200 years. Berries are also known for their high vitamin content. The tarty ones are especially rich in vitamin C, which is a natural protectant for the body and helps in faster healing. Another important vitamin found in berries is vitamin K, which helps in blood clotting. Vitamins of the B complex, which are amazingly helpful in the overall growth and development of the body, are also found abundantly in berries.
The Great Convenience
Berries are such fabulously nutrient-rich foods, but they are available all over the planet in some form or the other. They grow in tropical as well as temperate climates. There are still several berry species within the rainforests that have not been properly discovered so far. So, one thing can be said about them—berries are something that we will never have a paucity of. There is also the fact that they can be eaten as they are. You could just pluck them from their shrubs and eat them. Or, if you are more of a gourmet, there are various delicacies that can be prepared from berries. Though these are the most healthful foods on the planet, they have tastes that appeal to everyone. So, why shouldn’t we take berries up? These are cheaply available foods that everyone likes anyway. When you include them in your daily diet, things would be much different with your health.
As a vegan I eat a variety of plants, berries are my favorite because they remind of a dessert. Each Saturday I host a beginner class to plant-base vegan eating. Each student is given over 100 recipes to start their vegan plant-base diet, including recipes that include berries. If you are interested in learning how you can adopt a plant-base vegan diet click here to sign up for my class.
Superfood Mix Berry Smoothie
1/2 Cup Strawberry (frozen)
1/2 Cup Blueberries (frozen)
1/2 Cup Blackberries (frozen)
1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used Unsweetened Vanilla Milk)
1/2 TBSP Chia Seeds
Option to garnish with frozen fruits and mint
Place all ingredients in high speed blender. Mix ingredients until smooth, divide into two cups.