Barefoot and Berries

My family owns a small cabin tucked beneath the tall trees of Northern Arizona. Each year I look forward to running barefoot through the forest with pots just waiting to be filled with plump black berries. Come August, these succulent little treats decorate each side of the creek so beautifully, and they are just waiting to be plucked and made into something yummy. Blackberries have been praised for centuries as being a super food and having healing properties. Their make-up is high in anthocyanin and ellagitannins, which greatly increase their antioxidant ability. Clinical research demonstrates that regular consumption of such "super foods" decreases the risk of degenerative diseases, obesity, cancer and heart disease. Anthyocyanins are phytochemicals that are highly bioavailable making them effective weapons for the immune system. Further health benefits of anthocyanins include anti carcinogenic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties and aids in decreasing oxidative stress. When in season, apply these natural treats to your daily diet and enjoy all of the benefits they have to provide!

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  Kaume, L. , Howard, L. , & Devareddy, L. (2012). The blackberry fruit: A review on its composition and chemistry, metabolism and bioavailability, and health benefits.   Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry  ,  60  (23), 5716.

Kaume, L. , Howard, L. , & Devareddy, L. (2012). The blackberry fruit: A review on its composition and chemistry, metabolism and bioavailability, and health benefits. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,60(23), 5716.

Natalie Baugh