Are you a sweets lover? If so, you can feel good about indulging in cherries to satisfy your sweet tooth... while boosting your health at the same time. Fight Free Radicals and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Cherries High in antioxidants and unbelievably low on the glycemic index, cherries come in many varieties and range in flavor from sweet to sour. These compact, juicy morsels are packed … [Read more...]


Strawberries are the most popular American berry with over seventy varieties of this nutrient-rich food in existence. The succulent berry you enjoy today is the result of several centuries of crossbreeding of North America's native and a Chilean variety. If you're a strawberry lover, try European Alpine strawberries — the diminutive, potently sweet wild strawberries of France also known as … [Read more...]

Acai, açaí

Have you heard of acai? Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, these clusters of round, dark purple-to-black, berry-shaped fruits are a powerful superfood that are packed with antioxidants and a great addition to your healthy diet. Acai are harvested to make juice, herbal supplements and other products. The inner core of the thin trunk of the açaí tree is well-known as the source of hearts of palm. Açaí is … [Read more...]


Camu: A Superfruit Source of Vitamin C Are you looking for a safe and natural (not synthetic!) way to get your vitamin C? Look no further than camu. The camu-camu berry is a small, antioxidant-rich fruit that grows on a shrub (Myrciaria Dubia) found in the Amazonian rainforest.  And its the most potent known source of vitamin C in the world. In fact, camu-camu contains 30 to 60 times the … [Read more...]


Raspberries are an epicurean delight that make a wonderful addition to salads, smoothies, muffins and healthy desserts and more. But these beautiful berries don't just taste great. They're nutritional powerhouses, as well. Raspberries: Fight Cancer Big Antioxidant Protection and Health Benefits In fact, research shows that raspberries may have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or … [Read more...]


Rhubarb is a member of the buckwheat family with stalks up to 2 feet long. Rhubarb's stalks are the only edible portion of the plant — the leaves contain oxalic acid and can be toxic. While rhubarb is generally considered a fruit, botanically it's a vegetable. Many varieties of rhubarb exist, most of which fall into two basic types — hothouse and field grown. Rhubarb has intensley tart … [Read more...]


Blackberries, also known as brambles, are the largest of the wild berries. With their deep, purple-black color, these berries are loaded with powerful antioxidants including anthocyanins and are also high in fiber and vitamin C. Estimated Glycemic Load=4 Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=5,347 … [Read more...]


When you think of cranberries, it's likely two things come to mind: Thanksgiving and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Grown in bogs throughout Asia, Europe and North America, cranberries contain unique compounds (including d-mannose and tannins) that prevent bacteria from sticking to bladder walls and creating a painful (and potentially dangerous) infection. In addition to these unique … [Read more...]


Grapes have been cultivated for as long as 5,000 years and are classified as “European” (Thomson Seedless, Flame Seedless, Red Globe) or “American” (Concord, Steuben, Delaware). Grapes contain a number of phytonutrients including ellagic acid, quercetin, and resveratrol. HEALING TIP: Because grapes are one of the most heavily pesticided crops, and listed on the Environmental Working Group's … [Read more...]


Related to the gooseberry, currants come in black, red and white varieties. The black variety is generally used for preserves, as well as syrups and liqueurs, while the red and white berries are delicious to enjoy fresh. Currants contain no sugar, are high in antioxidants and also provide and omega-3 fatty acid called stearidonic acid. Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=7,960 and 3,387 … [Read more...]

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