Berries of all kinds are rich in antioxidants — substances found in certain foods that help fight cell damage. . . . They’re best consumed in real, whole foods — not supplements — especially colorful fruits and vegetables.
The Best Choices for Berries
1. Blueberries – Blueberries contain good amounts of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidant anthocyanins. Eating blueberries may help reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
2. Raspberries – Raspberries are full of fiber and antioxidant polyphenols. Black raspberries, in particular, may benefit heart health.
3. Strawberries – Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. They may also help reduce risk factors for heart disease and control blood sugar.
4. Blackberries – They’re also among the berries highest in antioxidants and fiber, and they have been less cultivated than blueberries, meaning what we eat today is closer to the fruit that once existed in the wild.
5. Cranberries – Cranberries and cranberry juice can reduce the risk of urinary tract and stomach infections and may benefit heart health. However, it’s best to avoid juices with lots of added sugar.