Superfood Spotlight: Antioxidant Berry Blast
by Vickie Chin on Jun 15, 2020
If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that inflammation is the root of many illnesses and diseases. It’s linked to just about every health condition including arthritis, cancer, heart disease and even the common cold. Many things can contribute to inflammation including minor food allergies, a poor diet, stress and a sedentary lifestyle. What’s one of our favourite ways to combat inflammation? With antioxidants! There are many ways to combat inflammation but one of the easiest ways to do this is through the foods that we consume, specifically through consuming a variety of antioxidant rich foods.
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants play a pretty important role in our bodies, including inhibiting oxidation. Oxidation and oxidative stress within the body results in an increase of free radicals, which can accumulate and contribute to inflammation. Therefore, consuming an antioxidant rich diet can help to prevent the spread of free radicals which in turn lowers oxidation and inflammation. To learn more about oxidative stress, head to our blog post: 5 Signs of Oxidative Stress & 5 Superfoods To Fight It (+ How To Use Them!)
While there are so many different antioxidant rich foods to choose from, we felt it was our duty to compile the best of the best to create one antioxidant packed superfood blend: our Antioxidant Berry Blast. Here’s what’s in it:
Blueberries are one of the most beloved antioxidant rich fruits. They’re a great source of vitamin C as well as Manganese. Blueberries are also packed with anthocyanins, an antioxidant flavanoid that gives them their beautiful indigo-purple pigment. Just 1 tbsp of our blueberry powder is equivalent to ½ cup of fresh blueberries!
You’re probably most familiar with acai berries in the form of a frozen concentrate that’s used to make antioxidant packed smoothie bowls, but did you know that acai berries are also a great source of fat?! In 1 serving (approximately 1.5 tbsp) of our acai berry powder, you’re getting 5g of healthy fats, plus 4g of carbs - 3 of which are fibre! This makes our acai berry powder an amazing source of antioxidants for the keto diet!
The indigenous people of Central and Southern Chile, the Mapuche, have been using maqui berries for centuries. They attribute their strength, health and longevity to these antioxidant packed super-berry. Maqui berries have an ORAC value of 3,000 per tsp serving! Not sure what an ORAC value is? Read about it here
Lastly, our Antioxidant Berry Blast blend couldn’t be complete without our Camu Camu Berry Powder! This antioxidant packed superfruit is one of the highest wholefood sources of vitamin C out there, making it the perfect choice for cold and flu prevention. We have a whole blog post dedicated to our Camu Camu Berry Powder - check it out here!
Not all fruit powders are the same! A note about all of our superfruit powders:
All of our superfruit powders are the highest quality. Our blueberry, acai and camu camu berry powders are made from a proprietary low temperature drying process to ensure optimal nutrient, enzyme and antioxidant integrity and our Maqui Berry Powder is made from concentrated freeze dried maqui in order to provide the same. There are NO fillers, flavours, maltodextrin, binders or sweeteners added to any of our superfruit powders so you can be confident that what you’re enjoying is 100% natural.
How To Enjoy It:
Mix 1 serving of our Antioxidant Berry Blast into your smoothies, smoothie bowls and juices. Try adding a serving to cereal or yogurt and even as an antioxidant boost to raw desserts!