Red Fruits: A Source of Antioxidants

Under the designation of red fruits, wild berries, or wild fruits, belong to this group the fruit of the shade of red or purple.

There are several fruits that belong to the group of red fruits, including blackberries, cherries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries and strawberries.

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Are foods quite complete and should be part of a balanced diet, and balanced.


One of the ways to protect the organism from stress and the effects nesfastos of a busy life, passes by betting on foods rich in antioxidants.

The low consumption of fruit and vegetables is among the main risk factors associated with the occurrence of chronic non-communicable diseases. For this reason, the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages, each time more, the increase in the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables or juice, given its beneficial properties for health.

The consumption of this food group contributes to the reduction in the consumption of foods rich in fats and sugars and provide vitamins, minerals and fiber necessary for the full functioning of the body.

The purple tint of some of these fruits, it comes from anthocyanin, a pigment with the function of preventing the degeneration of the cells of mammals and humans.

Of course, red fruits, in particular blueberry and the blackcurrant, are the best source of antioxidants, that even when we compare them with other fruits and vegetables.

As they are rich in B vitamins (such as niacin, B3), potassium and vitamin C, strengthen the protection of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, gums, teeth and skin.

The red color of strawberries, cherries, or of currants comes from lycopene, a carotenoid (phytochemical) is usually associated with the vitamin C, which contributes to a normal functioning of the immune system.
These fruits are also a source of other carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin Athat contirbui for the maintenance of vision and skin normal.It also contains cyanidin, a flavonóide, in its bark.


The consumption of red fruits have numerous health benefits, not only for their anti-inflammatory properties or anti-oxidants.


The berries are rich in vitamin C and contains a phytonutrient important, the ellagic acid, which protects skin from the harmful UV rays of the pollutants found in the processed foods, tobacco smoke, and can even neutralize some substances that cause cancer, before they damage healthy cells.

The ellagic acid also prevents the degradation of skin collagen that occurs as we age. The degradation of collagen is associated with the formation of wrinkles and ageing of the skin.

They are also rich in potassium and pectin, a fiber that provides the feeling of satiety and combat theconstipation.


The cherries are rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. in addition To low calorie, yet helps prevent the retention of liquids and to prevent constipation. A good source of calcium, effective in combating osteoporosis.

With properties depurativas, cherries favor the elimination of toxic substances from the body and even reduce the levels of uric acid.


The raspberries are very much appreciated by its high content of vitamin B and C, fiber and flavonoids, hence helping in the gastrointestinal transit, prevent the aging of cells and protect the health of the circulatory system, due to its antioxidant properties.

Such as the blackberries, the raspberries ccontains ellagic acid, and still manganês, a nutrient essential for growth and bone development.

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This fruit is consumed more in the form of a syrup, mixed with water. It is a fruit very nutritious, rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium.

Known for its medicinal properties of reducing inflammation, fighting certain bacterial infections and in the reduction of cholesterol, the currants has also diuretic properties, laxative and depurativas.


Between all the red fruits, blueberries are small berries that stand out for being an important source of antioxidants. are a powerful source of phytonutrients.

Contains salicylic acid, ellagic acid, quercetin, catechins and anthocyanins. As it is rich in vitamin A, C and B3 (niacin), magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus, is considered as one of the foods with the highest antioxidant capabilities and known by the help in the prevention and treatment of urinary infections.

It is also proven that blueberries help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and still substantially reduce brain damage after STROKE, accelerating recovery, encouraging the creation of new brain cells.

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Perhaps it is of red fruits, the fruit most popular and one of the options the most delicious in the time to consume the fruit. It is a fruit rich in folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and water.

Their properties invigorating, diuretic and laxatives help the body, including the liver and the gall bladder to carry out the tasks of detoxification necessary for the proper functioning of the body. It also has an anticoagulant effect in the blood.


The new Wheel of Food advises daily consumption of 3 to 5 servings of fruit, the equivalent of 480 to 800 grams daily, depending on the needs of the individual.

The daily consumption of red fruits should be around the 3 to 4 tablespoons, the equivalent of 80 grams.

These fruits are of rapid deterioration, and should be consumed soon after purchase. At the time of the choice, opt for the ripe, but not too much and with no signs of mold.

As soon as possible to remove the fruit from the packaging, wash them well, rinse, and store in the fridge until time to serve.