Aronia is a North American shrub that bears fruits which resemble dark purple-colored cranberries. Despite their ordinary appearance, however, these fruits - which are commonly called aronia berries or chokeberries - boast an unusually impressive nutritional profile. Indeed, a couple of years ago, many mainstream newspapers - notably the United Kingdom's Daily Mail - ran stories claiming that aronia berries were the healthiest fruits in the world. While these claims are debatable, research has shown that the regular consumption of aronia berries in preserved, dried or juiced form provides us with numerous health benefits.
There are lots of discussions about antioxidants, but not a lot of clarity. We often hear that antioxidants are a key to good health. While this is true, it’s only part of the story. Not all antioxidants are created equal. However, by better understanding oxidation (the damaging force that antioxidants combat), we can make the best possible choices to limit oxidative harm.
Maqui is a tree that is native to the temperate rainforests of Chile and certain regions of southern Argentina. Its sweet-tasting berries, which resemble blackcurrants in size and color, have been consumed by Mapuche Indians for hundreds of years. Indeed, Mapuche warriors have attributed their renowned stamina and vigor to their consumption of maqui berries. Let's take a closer look at the nutritional profile of these little-known fruits and find out why Chile's indigenous people hold them in high regard.
By now, it is no surprise (to most people) that fruits and vegetables possess powerful antioxidants. What may surprise you is how essential they are for a healthy mind and body.
Reactive oxygen species are produced as a normal by-product of a range of body functions, and are produced in greater quantity as a result of high-intensity exercise. Watercress is a green leafy vegetable that is high in antioxidant compounds.
Contrary to many anti-aging pills and creams, avocados are extremely inexpensive and also quite a delicious addition to any seasonal meal.