Health benefits of Northern berries

14.4.2015

Deeper the colour, richer the blueberry
Deeper the colour, richer the blueberry

As a go-to breakfast of hundreds of health enthusiasts all over the world, a smoothie is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a vitamin and nutrient boost. Packing your smoothie with berries, a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants, ensures that you have the energy to get through the rest of your day, all year around.

The beauty of ready-to-eat ground berries is that they are incredibly healthy and contain essential vitamins and nutrients. Roberts Berrie doesn’t just contain the berry juice, but the berry itself. Skin, crust, seeds.. all the parts that actually matter.

Coming from Northern woods, berries are truly superfoods, bursting with colour and flavour. Especially when living in a high-paced environment, you absolutely want to look and feel at your best.

Antioxidants keep your cells happy and healthy, and give you that glow that everybody would definitely envy at 9am on a Monday morning. Berries have the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) among all the fruits.

Roberts Berrie ranges come in three flavours: sea buckthorn and apricot, lingonberry and cranberry, and wild blueberry. Just like superheroes, each berry has its very own superpowers. We could just as well call them super berries.

Meet the super trio

Beware, there’s some technical text coming up.

Wild blueberries (also known as bilberries) are a source of protective antioxidants and flavonoids, particularly anthocyanin, which boost the immune system and prevent infections. Did you know that anthocyanin is the pigment responsible for the blue colour of the berries? The deeper the colour, the richer the berries are in goodness, which is why you can distinguish them from your common blueberries by being deeper in colour and smaller in size. A handful of these blue gems contains vitamins A, C, E and K and also zinc, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese, and let’s not forget that the high content of fibre found in bilberries aids digestion and prevents constipation. A serving of the Wild Blueberry berrie contains on average 280 blueberries.

The lingonberry works with its sidekick the cranberry to keep your urinary tract healthy, and with its high content of antioxidants works to fight against the effects of harmful free radicals, including premature ageing, elevated blood pressure and infertility. Tangy in taste and similarly bright in colour, the lingonberry provides exceptional amounts of vitamins E and K, minerals and dietary fibre. Meanwhile, cranberries high in anti-inflammatory components, a real powerhouse for your immune system. These small bright red berries grow wild in the swamps, and are traditionally hand-picked one by one. A faithful ally against kidney and bladder problems because of its citric acid, cranberry contains proanthocyanidins, which have been proven to prevent urinary tract infections.

Sea buckthorn berry is a bright orange powerhouse: it contains over 190 different nutrients, omega fatty acids, more than 60 antioxidants and an extremely high content of vitamin C. Just one serving of the Sea Buckthorn and Apricot berrie provides a hefty dose of vitamin C and gives you a sunny start to the day. The vitamin C content of the berry has proven to be from 400mg up to 2500mg/100g – over 14 times higher than in oranges!

It is also a great plant-based source of vitamin B12, a great alternative for vegetarians who don’t get their allowance from meat. Last but not least, sea buckthorn contains the full range of omega 3, 6, 7 and 9, which support a healthy cardiovascular function and digestive system, promote brain and nervous system functioning, and enhance its anti-ageing properties. The really sharp taste is softened with the smooth taste of apricots, and makes it a great choice to start your day.

Right from the heights of the Northern forest, these tiny super bombs can boost your overall health and wellbeing, by helping your body fight against infections and illnesses that slow you down in your everyday life. With such a wide range of benefits, you just have to pick your weapon, and get ready to glow. Let nature be your friend, and soak in the goodness of the super berries.

Start up with the combo pack and get your berries smoothier!