The Best Berries to Fight the Flu
Right now everyone is concerned with the COVID-19 coronavirus and so are we! In addition to getting enough sleep, washing your hands, and avoiding crowds there one other important step in protecting yourself from a serious illness: eating well, by which we mean not only eating enough food, but also the right kinds of food. Towards that goal we've put together a list of the best berries you can eat, and grow, to stay safe and healthy during this and any future flu season!
Black elderberry is legendary for it's health benefits, specifically it's ability to help fight the flu, and for good reason! In a double-blind, placebocontrolled, randomized study, black elderberry extract reduced the duration of flu symptoms to 3-4 days and convalescent phase tests showed a higher antibody level to influenza virus in the blackberry extract group, than in the control group.  In addition to the anti-viral properties black elderberries are choked full of vitamin C and antioxidants. Blackberry extract also tastes good!
Blueberries are one of nature's genuine superfoods. Blueberries are already famous for their nutrient density, anti-oxidants, and blood sugar managing features, but now blueberries are also being recognized for their immune system boosting qualities!  In an Oregon State University analysis done of 446 compounds for their the ability to boost the innate immune system in humans, researchers discovered just two that stood out from the crowd -- the resveratrol found in red grapes and a compound called pterostilbene from blueberries. Wow!
Blackberries and Raspberries
When it comes to immune system function nothing beats vitamin C. When it comes to vitamin C, blackberries and raspberries are BURSTING with it! Blackberries and raspberries contain so much vitamin C in fact that a single serving provides 35% of the daily recommended intake for an adult! Yum!
Another heavy hitter in the health category is kiwi berries. Both the larger Actinidia deliciosa and the smaller non-fuzzy Actinidia arguta are choked full of vitamin C, even more than other berries! It's also full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. They also have a lot of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber. Maintaining a diet full of essential nutrients is critical for keeping your immune system running smoothly during the cold and flu season!
Sea Buckthorn Berries
Sea Buckthorn, also called Seaberry, is virtually unknown in America. These grove-forming silver-leafed plants are so nutritious and valuable however that the majority of the improved varieties we have today are a result of Soviet breeding programs during the cold war! Sea Buckthorn is a superfood unlike any other containing a wide range of anti-oxidants, vitamins, and flavonoids that do every from boost your immune system to improve skin quality. Amazing!
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