Health Benefits of Wild Berries

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The Power of Berries

Most berries are loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, strengthen the integrity of our blood vessels and capillaries, fight cancer, and improve brain function. Some of them have "star" qualities.

  • Black elderberries vend off oncoming cold and flu viruses.
  • Cranberries protect against urinary tract infections.
  • Lycii berries (aka gogi berries) are loaded with prostate-protective lycopene and may also help protect us from the effects of aging. Cherries decrease pain and gout.  
  • Blueberries and bilberries are good for eye health, mental cognition, and anti-aging effects.
  • Hawthorn berries reduce blood pressure and tonify the cardiovascular system in almost every way possible.
  • I often consider dark purple grapes, pomegranates, rooibos red tea, and hibiscus flowers as honorary berries in my repertoire because they have such similar and complementary properties.

Oxymels

Of course you can, and should, eat berries daily. An oxymel serves as a delicious way to preserve berries for daily dosing. We simply infuse dried and/or fresh berries in a blend of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and honey. Think of it as sweet-tart fruit meeting a sweet-tart liquid. Feel free to experiment with different berries depending on what you have on hand. The following ingredients can be found in most natural food stores that sell good, loose medicinal herbs in bulk.

Try This Easy Oxymel Recipe

Contributor: 

Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG)

Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and the forthcoming Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies, is a New Hampshire-based registered clinical herbalist and freelance health journalist nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. Learn about herbs, the book, distance consults, online classes, and more at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.

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