Antioxidant Fruits

by admin on September 22, 2014

The term, Antioxidant fruits, is almost a repetitive name. Afterall, almost all fruits have some sort of antioxidant power (that’s why they get bad so quickly when exposed to oxygen). Be sure to check out Debbie Meyer’s Green Bags if you have problems with your fresh fruit going bad quickly. Her bags control humidity, and discourage mold and decay and help fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer.

Below you will find a list of the different antioxidant fruits featured on this site. These fruits have more antioxidants than the average fruit.

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Health Benefits of the Aronia Berry

by admin on September 21, 2014

The aronia berry is also known as the choke berry. Aronia berries are also filled with nutrients that are great for those who use the alternative choices to being healthy. They are full of benefits for the body as they contain antioxidants that help fight against cancer. This black chokeberry also contains useful mineral and vitamins; vitamins C, E, B2, B6 and folic acid.

Aronia berries are starting to be found in super markets and households all over the United States. They are sold as yogurts, jellies, pie fillings, candies and sorbet. There is even an aronia berry juice. It is also a flavor that is

Aronia Berries by Birgit F

Aronia Berries by Birgit F

popular in wines. This delicious berry adds nutrients that your body needs to ensure a healthier life.

The aronia berry is a great source of antioxidants, fights against heart disease and cardio vascular problems, promotes a healthy urinary tract, has anti-inflammatory properties, fights cold and flu bacteria and viruses, strengthens the memory, aids in digestion, helps the body produce good cholesterol and provides the body with essential oils. There are so many benefits this berry has for the body. It is no wonder this fruit is quite the rage for those who experience its healing power.

Aronia berries are used as ingredients in other juices such as the pomegranate and blueberry juice that Archer Farms produces. Some have testified that after drinking juices with aronia berries, they no longer experience catching colds.

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Choke Berry

by admin on September 21, 2014

The choke berry is also known as aronia berries.

The choke berry is also known as aronia berries.

The choke berry is also known as aronia berries. There are black chokeberries (Aronia melanocarpa) and red chokeberries.

The aronia berry plant, the black chokeberry variety grows in height to 3-6 feet and in width 3-6 feet as well. This plant is grown from Nova Scotia, Canada to Florida, USA and Indiana USA. In mid-spring the flowers come and they are small and white. In late summer and early autum, the berries appear which are small and round dark purple to black (for the black chokeberry variety). The leaves on the shrub will turn purple and red in the fall. It is a very hardy shrub, tolerating swampy ground, dry sandy soil, drought, salt and pollution.

More Information on the Aronia Berry Plant Description

Uses:

Aronia berries have many uses, some of which are listed below.

  • Ornamental plants for gardens
  • Aronia Juice – high in vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Black Chokeberries – used for wine and jam after being cooked first
  • Flavoring or Colorant for certain beverages and yogurt
  • Red chokeberries are often eaten raw
  • Red Chokeberries used in jam

Benefits:

aronia choke berryBecause of their dark color, black chokeberries are very high in antioxidants, especially anthocyanins.

  • Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) – Total anthocyanin content in chokeberries is 1480 mg per 100 g of fresh berries
  • Aronia Juice – high in vitamin C and antioxidants
  • High ORAC Value
  • Functional food
  • Nutraceutical

Because of the choke berry’s high antioxidant content, it has been suggested that it is a dietary preventative for diseases caused by oxidative stress. Such diseases include:

  • colorectal cancer (Lala et al. 2006)
  • cardiovascular disease (Bell & Gochenaur 2006)
  • chronic inflammation (Han et al. 2005)
  • gastric mucosal disorders (peptic ulcer) (Valcheva-Kuzmanova et al. 2005)
  • eye inflammation (uveitis) (Ohgami et al. 2005)
  • liver failure (Valcheva-Kuzmanova et al. 2004)

Availability:

In North America, the choke berry is becoming more popular due to the recent discoveries in helping prevent certain diseases; therefore it is becoming easier to find in nurseries in North America. There are three varieties of the plant, the black chokeberry, the red variety and a purple variety, which is a hybrid of the black and red varieties. Each plant is identified by its berry color.

Where to Buy Aronia Berries

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Aronia Berry Uses

by admin on September 19, 2014

Aronia Berries by Gary (Duboman01)Aronia Berry Uses: The aronia berry or chokeberry (Photo Left by Gary) is commonly used to make juice. Along with the bilberry, cranberry, & other fruit and fruit juices, the chokeberry has several healthful properties. A 2004 animal-modeled study (Matsumoto et al) conducted at the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition Faculty of Human Life Science at Fuji Women’s University, showed that the antioxidant effects of chokeberry extract had a “gastro protective” effect in treating acute gastric hemorrhagic lesions in rats, suggesting it might be an effective natural treatment for severe stomach problems in humans, including ulcers. A 2003 study (Malik et al) conducted at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, has provided preliminary indication of defense against colon cancer.

Aronia Berries by OutdoorPDKA 2002 animal-modeled study (Kowalczyk et al), conducted in the Department of Pharmacology of the Military Medical Academy, Lodz, Poland, tested anthocyanins from the aronia berry. The study concluded that aronia berry anthocyanins might be useful in combating “oxidative stress” in cardiovascular patients. Yet another study (Simeonov et al, 2002) conducted at the Medical University in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, found that chokeberry juice without sugar added (artificially sweetened) was “a valuable adjunct” to treating patients with diabetes. Another Bulgarian study (Borissova et al, 1994) showed that chokeberry juice, due to its anthocyane flavonoids, had an anti-inflammatory value, when inflammation was induced by histamine & serotonin. Additional studies have been conducted, either proving or hinting at possibilities of staggering health benefits for blood circulation, urinary tract health, heart health and gastrointestinal health.

If people would incorporate more fruit into their diet, & especially such high-antioxidant phenolics in fruits & fruit juices, as can be had from blueberries, cranberries, chokeberries & the like, they might actually obtain many of the benefits they need!

Native Americans used the berries for medicinal purposes, dyes for clothing, and for preserving meats and other foods.

Aronia Berries by OutdoorPDK

Aronia berries have been proven to:

  • improve circulation
  • strengthen blood vessels
  • suppress viruses
  • act an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic within the human body

Juice from the aronia berry prevents the formation of free radicals, just one aronia berry uses. Free radicals cause chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular ailments.

New research has shown that aronia berries uses are:

  • May offer protection for human blood vessels
  • Contains rich amounts of flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyyanis and powerful anti-oxidants
  • Are a strong relaxing agent of the smooth muscle found in arteries
  • Play a major role in keeping the blood pressure from becoming dangerously high
  • Help prevent spasms in blood vessels
  • Inhibit the development of blood clots and the early process of atherosclerosis
  • Are very potent in helping relax the arteries, aiding blood flow, and protecting the coronary arteries from oxidant injury
  • Are five to ten times more potent than cranberries for urinary tract health

Learn more about the Aronia Berry uses, benefits and availability:

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Acai Berry and Cancer

by admin on September 18, 2014

Acai Berry Can Help Fight Cancer – Especially Leukemia Cells

Acai Berry

Acai Berry and Cancer: In January 2006, the University of Florida in Gainesville found some very exciting news that the acai berry was able to kill 86% of leukemia cells tested.

“Acai berries are already considered one of the richest fruit sources of antioxidants,” Stephen Talcott, assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said. “This study was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using beverages, dietary supplements or other products made with the berries.”

Other fruits, including grapes, contain antioxidants shown to kill cancer cells in similar studies.  Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows.

Learn more about the Acai Berry and its benefits:

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Acai Berry and Sex

by admin on September 17, 2014

Lady Bugs Having Sex

Acai Berry and Sex: As we know, the acai berry is mostly from Brazil and other parts of the Amazonian Rain Forrest. Brazilians believe acai gives you strength, energy and better sex.

Pronounced ah-sah-yee, acai is drunk more commonly than milk in Brazil; a magic fruit potion that fuels the hedonistic energy. In fact, doctors in brazil recommend drinking a lot of acai when couples are having trouble getting pregnant!

Want to increase your sex drive and help your health in many ways at the same time?  We have found the following products to be helpful and quite successful in providing this.  Of course, this is a natural attempt at sex drive, so it may not happen for a couple of weeks or a couple of months, depending on your body.  But, the acai and sex drive sometimes go hand in hand with some individuals.

Acai Berries

There are a couple of great articles about the acai berry and better sex that the British have published.  Please find links to them below:

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Blackberry

by admin on September 16, 2014

blackberry changing process

The blackberry is simply one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. They are full of natural goodness and have lots of essential nutrients and vitamins which are very good for your health. So, if you are someone that enjoys eating delicious blackberry Jam or pie, pat yourself on the back, as you’ve chosen a great antioxidant in fruit.

Green Blackberry by Alex Skelly
Unripe green version (right) by Alex Skelly

The berries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants you can find. They have very high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value and can supply your body with a whopping 2036 units of antioxidants per 100 grams.

Ripe berries are packed with powerful antioxidants like polyphenols and anthocyanins. Antioxidants, as you know, are very essential for your body. They fight and neutralize free radicals which can cause serious damage to your health. According to research institutes, regular intake of antioxidants can reduce the risk of several diseases including cancer.

B is for Blackberries
Blackberries (Photo on Right by Ali S) are rich in salicylate, which is a natural analgesic (pain reliever). It can help reduce the risk of heart diseases significantly. They are also rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E is yet another powerful antioxidant which can fight the free radicals in the body. More importantly,
vitamin E can prevent all types of skin related problems caused by free radicals. Wrinkles, dark spots, and other such skin problems are usually caused by the action of free radicals on the skin. By eating blackberries regularly, you can stay away from these problems. As well, blackberries contain lots of vitamin C and can help boost your immune system.

One cup of blackberries, which is around 150g, contains 75 calories, one gram of protein, half a gram of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, around 8 grams of fiber, and needless to say, plenty of antioxidants. In short – it is one of the healthiest
foods you can eat.

Amazingly, the entire plant of blackberry is full of valuable nutrients. Its stem, its leaves, and roots are full of tannic acid, which is also a natural analgesic. The leaves, roots, and the outer parts of the stem are usually dried and used to make tea which has a lot of medicinal values.

It is suggested that you eat blackberries raw, as cooking can break down some valuable nutrients present in them. Since they
are full of natural fructose sugars, the ripe berries are delicious to eat. So, add blackberries to your everyday meal and
enjoy their natural goodness.

If you have any suggestions on recipes where blackberries are used to add to this website, please contact us.

If you’d like to see a particular fruit featured on Antioxidant-Fruits.com, please contact us.

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Apricot

by admin on September 15, 2014

Apricots by Matthijs Rouw

photo: matthijs rouw (thingsdesigner.com)

The Apricot is a species of Prunus, classified with the plum.

When people talk about antioxidant fruits, they generally tend to discuss fruits like the apple, the blackberry, and the acai fruit. However, the fruit, which is often overlooked by most people, is an unbelievably great source of antioxidants. Let?s take a look at this wonder fruit now.

They are very rich in minerals. Consuming it regularly can reduce the risks of anemia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, asthma, and toxemia.

They can be consumed regularly even if you are dieting, as they are very low in calories and have no fat at all. By eating just three of them, you consume just 50 calories.
Apricots by Sudip Guharoy
Photo by Sudip Guharoy

They are very rich in vitamin A. Eating two or three of them can supply up to 50% of daily value for your body. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and can help you improve your vision and stay away from eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. It also fights the free radicals in the skin and keeps it young and free from skin problems.

They are very rich in dietary fiber. They can improve your digestion and help you stay away from constipation. In fact, the dried fruit is an excellent natural remedy to constipation.

Regular consumption of the fruit can help you get rid of intestinal worms and gallstones.

They are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, and iron. Adding them to your diet every day can help boost your immune system. A regular intake of the fruit also reduces the risk of heart disease considerably.

They are one of the richest sources of lycopene, a highly effective carotenoid. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and can help you stay away from prostate cancer. Studies show that people who consume the fruit regularly are 80% less likely to get affected by prostate cancer. In short ? a glass of fresh the juice could be the most effective antioxidant fruit drink you can ever drink.

Based on their nutritional value, they are considered an excellent health food according to the World?s Healthiest Food Rating.

While the fresh fruit are available only during their season, the dried version are available throughout the year. A can of the dried fruit is the healthiest snack food you can eat. So, eat one regularly and stay healthy.

The velvety-orange skin fruit is known for its antioxidant properties and contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. These nutrients contribute overall to the health and protection of the heart and eyes.

Some nutritional benefits are:

  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Fiber

It can help with:

  • Eye problems
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke

In 2005, a study done by researchers in Spain was published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, identifying the antioxidant compounds in the fruit, including cyanidin-3-glucoside.

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Apricot Flowers

photo: Katka Szabo

Apricot Tree

Apricot Tree Branch

photo: Steve Coleman

Red Apricots by Arety

Red Apricots

photo: Arety

Apricot Tree by Arety

Apricot Tree

photo: Arety


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Bilberry

by admin on September 15, 2014

BilberryBilberry – also known as: European blueberry, Huckleberry, Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium corymbosum

A close relative to the blueberry (as you can tell in the photo), the fruit has impressive antioxidant properties and is historically linked to eye health. Studies indicate that the berry, with its abundance of antioxidants, may also be effetive in protecting the body against carcinogens and free radicals.

Some of its nutritional highlights include:

Bilberry

Bilberries

The berry can help with:

  • Eye Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Attack and Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea and Dysentery

A study done in Canada in 2006, found that the berry can help and may be able to prevent and slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases (like Parkinson’s), mainly due to its antioxidant powers.

Bilberries

Do you know some fun facts about the Bilberry? If so, leave a comment and share them with us!

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Navitas Naturals Goldenberries Powder Review

by admin on September 13, 2014

Navitas Naturals Golden Berry Powder ReviewOriginally published on Apr 2, 2013

My Navitas Naturals’ reviews are winding down, but here’s another great product that Navitas Naturals makes.

Goldenberries are also known as “Incan Berries” or “Cape Gooseberries” because they were cultivated for thousands of years beginning during the Incan Empire.

Navitas Natural Goldenberry Powder is created from fresh picked goldenberries that are freeze-dried and then milled into a fine powder (see photo below).  They do this at a low temperature so that the tangy flavor still remains!

They have a sweet and tart flavor, which is a perfect combo that makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

Navitas Naturals Golden Berry Powder Review

Benefits of Goldenberries include:

  • Antioxidants
  • Bioflavinoids
  • Vitamins A&C

You can use this freeze dried fruit powder in a number of ways by putting some in:

  • Smoothies
  • Dessert
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Dressings

Here’s a run down of the golden berry nutrition info:

golden berry nutrition

You can buy Navitas Naturals Goldenberries Powder on Amazon.

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We received the Navitas Naturals Goldenberries Powder from the manufacturer. Receiving the free product did not influence this review.

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