We love berries so much, we named our superfood company after them. (Although technically there’s no such thing as an edible “Luminberry” – we just like to think of our name as a symbol for wellness illumination).
But the truth is, as far back as the beginning of humankind (and even beyond that), berries have been a prized food. Today, as our diet becomes increasingly inundated with options, it’s easy to forget these delicious, healthful tools, which can offer tremendous benefits in a potency level that few other natural foods can compete with. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, anti-aging properties, and more, the motivating medical research around berries abounds: showing berries can do everything from helping slow the effects of free radicals and inflammation as we age, to aiding in the control of cholesterol and blood pressure, to maintaining healthy brain function. Read on to explore the benefits of some of our favorite berries…
Strawberries Strawberries are a wonderful source of fiber, naturally contain lots of water, and are a low-sugar fruit … which makes them a perfect superfood if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or keep blood sugar in check. In fact, they're a featured superfood in our Low-Sugar Superfood Smoothies cooking course! These berries are also high in vitamin C, which is fantastic for your immune system and skin health. And they're so easy to enjoy as a delicious addition to all sorts of deserts, parfaits, salads, breakfast bowls, and of course, a la carte.
Goji Berries The sweet goji berry holds a lot of nutritional promise: filled with fiber, protein, low-sugar carbohydrates, and over 20 vitamins and minerals. Its high levels of antioxidants have also been linked to its ability to lower insulin, balance cholesterol, improve immune functioning, enhance cognition, prevent fatigue, and more. Goji berries are also rich in zeaxanthin, which helps maintain eye health.
In cooking and baking, dried goji berries can be used similarly to raisins, and can also add a savory sweetness when cooked with grains or proteins. They’re also a great addtion to trail mix, smoothies, and tea.
Raspberries Similar in nutrition to strawberries, raspberries are also very high in fiber, water, and vitamin content. Not only can these two berries be an essential part of your weight management plan, but they can also help lower bad cholesterol and control type-2 diabetes as well. And, if you can resist eating them all straight from the basket, raspberries also make wonderful additions to baked goods, breakfast bowls, smoothies, salads, and dessert recipes.