Keep It Seasonal: When It Comes to Antioxidants, Blackberries Top the List

Blackberrys with Leafs

Blackberries, high in antioxidant power

In the berry world, the blackberry stands out for its striking color, which can add a level of elegance to a range of dishes, mostly salads and desserts.

The blackberry’s dark color, however, isn’t just for show.  According to this article from Health Dairies, the color comes from antioxidants called anthocyanins, which destroy free radicals in the body that can lead to cancer.  Blackberries also contain vitamin C, which protects the immune system and may further reduce your risk of cancer.  In fact, when it comes to antioxidant content, blackberries, according to this article from The Worlds Healthiest Foods,  are at the top of the list.

So stock up on blackberries while they’re in season and freeze some for use throughout the holiday season.

Photo courtesy of Afternoon Snack:  Blackberry Parfait at Glamour.com

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