Amy (7) and Liam (5) Corbett with Amanda Pattie, all of Larnook, savour some of the superfoods on offer at local fruit and veg retailer Tropicana.
Amy (7) and Liam (5) Corbett with Amanda Pattie, all of Larnook, savour some of the superfoods on offer at local fruit and veg retailer Tropicana. Marc Stapelberg

Berries' benefits for your body

GO BERRY mad this weekend.

You’ll probably live a healthier life.

Researchers say berries, especially cranberries, may hold the secrets to beating diseases from degenerative eye disease to cancer.

The secret is a rich supply of antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body and the absorption of free radicals – is one of the agents responsible for the ageing process and increasing the likelihood of chronic diseases.

Cranberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, whether you get them fresh, dried, or in juice (try to buy unsweetened to cut down on sugar).

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has found that cranberries may even help fight wrinkles.

Although Australians spend a reported $448.5 million on non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments a year, it seems a simple routine of eating foods rich in antioxidants as well as regularly drinking water may help Nature take care of beauty from the inside.

Nutritionists suggest trying cranberries in healthy shakes, in fruit salads, or simply as a snack.

But all brightly coloured fruit and vegetables will boost your antioxidant intake, said accredited practising dietician and nutritionist Christina Turner, of Sol North Coast Nutrition.

She said eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables always made it easier to stick to a healthier weight and prevent high cholesterol, diabetes and some cancers.

“Fruit and vegetables are also low in fat but high in fibre and nutrients.”

If you’re looking to add dietary value, go for berries, citrus fruits and dark green vegetables like spinach or broccoli.

Buying organic will increase the value of what you’re eating because you won’t be getting chemicals as well.

But even if your fruit and veg are chemical free, you’ll still benefit from the boost in antioxidants.

 

Super fruit and veggies

  • CRANBERRIES: May help fight bacteria, degenerative eye disease and kidney disease and some cancers.
  • BLUEBERRIES: Packed with antioxidant power.
  • RASPBERRIES: Have high levels of ellagic acid that has been show to fight cancer cells.
  • SPINACH: Extremely rich in antioxidants.
  • CITRUS FRUIT: A great source of antioxidants, Vitamin C.
  • TOMATOES: High in beta-carotene as well as Vitamins A, C and E.


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