In everyday English, "berry" is a term for any small ediblefruit. These "berries" are usually juicy, round or semi-oblong, brightly colored, sweet or sour, and do not have astone or pit, although many seeds may be present.Many berries, such as the tomato, are edible, but others inthe same family, such as the fruits of the deadly nightshade(Atropa belladonna) and the fruits of the potato (Solanumtuberosum) are poisonous to humans. Some berries, suchas Capsicum, have space rather than pulp around theirseeds.
Minutes to Prepare: 10Number of Servings: 4* 2 cups canned crushed Pineapple.* 2 ripe medium Bananas, peeled & sliced* 2 cups Plain or Vanilla Yogurt* 1 cup fresh or frozen Strawberries* 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract* 1/4 cup Wheat Germ (optional)Combine all ingredients in a large blender. Stir until smooth.If your blender isnt large enough you can make half the recipe.
Berries are increasingly viewed as having a profound impact against the diseases of agingincluding cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and age related mental decline.AnthocyaninsColor pigments in berries that are powerful antioxidants. Blue, purple, and red color hasbeen associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, urinary tract health, memory function,and healthy aging.AntioxidantsSubstances that protect the body by neutralizing free radicals or unstable oxygen molecules,which can damage the cells and are a major source of disease and aging.CatechinsCatechins are flavonols that support the antioxidant defense system.Catechins found incaneberries are very similar to those found in green tea which studies show may contributeto cancer prevention.Dietary FiberFound only in plant foods, fiber helps maintain a healthy GI tract, lowers blood cholesterol,reduces heart disease and may prevent certain types of cancers.Ellagic AcidA phenolic compound known as a potent anti-carcinogen which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.FiberA carbohydrate-like substance found only in plants. Dietary fiber helps maintain a healthygastrointestinal tract and may help prevent certain types of cancers.Gallic AcidA potent antioxidant also found in black tea and red wine, shown in tests to inhibit cellproliferation and cell death in prostrate cancer cells.ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) values are a measure of the antioxidantactivity.PhytochemicalsPhytochemicals are naturally occurring antioxidants in plants that add flavor, color pigmentsand scent, and they are abundant in all types of fruits and vegetables, particularly berries.QuercetinA flavonol that works as both an anti-carcinogen, an antioxidant and protects against cancerand heart disease.RutinA bioflavonoid that promotes vascular health, helps to prevent cell proliferation associatedwith cancer and has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties.Salicylic AcidThe salicylic acid found in Oregon caneberries may prove to have the same protective effectagainst heart disease as aspirin.Vitamin CA water soluble vitamin that functions as a powerful antioxidant.