I mean, just look at their colours. The deep, vibrant red, blue, purple & black colours are due to potent antioxidant pigments found within the berries, which help you live longer and reduce your cancer risk.
Antioxidants fight “oxidative stress.” Oxidative stress is basically the rusting of our bodies. The more oxidative stress you have within your body, the faster you age and the higher your chances of developing cancer.
Berries have almost TEN TIMES more antioxidants than other fruits & vegetables and more than FIFTY TIMES the antioxidant content of animal foods.
Apples contain 60 units of antioxidants, bananas contain 40 units, & mangos contain 110 units. What about 1 cup of strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries? 310, 330, 350, 380, and 650 units, respectively, of antioxidant STRENGTH.
Blackberries making the rest of the field look foolish. This is no surprise though – they are the darkest of the berries. The darker the berry, the more antioxidant power. Same for vegetables (e.g. choose RED onions over white, PURPLE cabbage over green, PURPLE eggplant over white, etc.)
For the best nutrition bang for your buck, choose the DARKEST produce you can find!
Herbs & spices are in a world of their own as the MOST antioxidant-rich foods on Earth! But that’s for another post.
The antioxidant benefits of berries are clearly impressive. But they also improve your eyesight & memory, boost your immune system & help with post-exercise recovery, and even lower your chances of developing age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s.
Eat berries. Live longer.
DETOX NEWS – WHY DAILY BROCCOLI?
The liver is the primary detoxification organ in our bodies. Broccoli has the ability to boost the activity of detoxifying enzymes in the liver. The component found in broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables) that gives it this ability is called SULFORAPHANE.
Sulforaphane in broccoli is a MAJOR powerhouse!
Broccoli has been shown to reduce levels of carcinogens (CANCER-CAUSING AGENTS) in the bloodstream of subjects eating pan-fried meat, prevent breast cancer stem cells from becoming tumors, and even help in the treatment of boys with AUTISM by improving their verbal communication, social interaction, & abnormal behaviours.
Broccoli has also been shown to protect your brain, manage type 2 diabetes, protect your DNA, and even preserve your eyesight.
CAUTION: BEWARE OF FANCY “DETOX” PROGRAMS
Eat broccoli regularly as part of a balanced diet to be in permanent detoxification mode.
Many diseases develop after the human is overburdened with toxins in the system.
Use broccoli as a tool to help you prevent the development of many diseases that a human being should not be experiencing!
Dejan Matijevic is the founder of Healthy Basketball, a current medical student in Tempe, AZ, and a Human Kinetics graduate (University of Windsor). Dejan has had a passion for basketball for over a decade, and is committed to growing the sport the right way. Follow Healthy Basketball on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.