You probably know the answer to this one already.
So rather than just saying “Yes” and us finishing the article, let’s look at a variety of berries and their benefits so you can decide which berries are the best for you (and your smoothies).
Most of these berries below are delicious, low GI, contain a good chunk of vitamin C and fibre and are quite good sources of antioxidants to boot.
Diets high in berries have been shown to have many positive health effects such as delayed mental ageing and more.
Let’s start with some of the more obvious, then get into the more fringe berries for you.
Probably one of the most well-known berries in terms of its superfood status and here’s a quick run-down of the blueberry’s benefits.
It contains a flavonoid called anthocyanin which is responsible for blueberry’s deep purple colour (they’re actually not blue!) which has been shown to increase levels of brain derived neurotrophic factor, improving memory and slowing down mental aging.
And just one more for you to finish, with its carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin E, blueberries are great for eye health.
Similar to blueberries, strawberries have positive brain effects, but that’s not all for this dessert and smoothie favourite.
Strawberries are a fantastic source of folate, important for many bodily functions, including helping to produce a healthy baby and assisting in lowering your risk of heart disease.
They contain the unique flavonoid pelargonidin, which helps to reduce inflammation, protects cells and reduces heart disease risk.
Finally, strawberries may also help with reducing pain for arthritis sufferers and old sports people with dodgy knees.
While we typically think of blueberries as one of the best sources of antioxidants, the humble raspberry isn’t that far behind it in this department.
Raspberries contain high levels of B vitamins, manganese and other compounds like quercetin which are great for those who suffer seasonal allergies.
Funnily enough, the goji berry is actually in the same family as tomatoes and potatoes.
Goji is a traditional Chinese medicine favourite which was said to lead to a long, vigorous, happy life.
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The rich red colour of these berries is due to the gojis beta-carotene levels.
But that’s not all, it also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, making it a winner for supporting eye health as well.
Try adding these into your smoothie whole and let them plump up a little before having it (you can thank us later for this tip).
The camu camu is similar in shape and size to a cherry and has a reddish-purple hue to it and its flavour is a bit sour or tart.
Whilst most berries contain a decent serving of vitamin C, they pale in comparison to camu camu.
Gram for gram camu camu has 20 times the amount of vitamin C as blueberries!!!
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We saved this one for last because acai has the highest antioxidant amount of any of the berries listed, with more than 20 times the levels of blueberries.
Acai berries are a nutrient dense berry loaded with antioxidants, they can also help you with cholesterol levels, brain function, immune support and more.
So acai should be a berry welcome addition to any of your berry based smoothies.
Let out Acai of relief, you’ve made it to the end!
You’d have to say that after reading that any berry smoothie could be good for you as long as you’re keeping your other smoothie ingredients natural, and without adding in any extra sugar.
All of the above berries can be added to your smoothies in their raw forms or frozen too (see this blog post about fresh or frozen being healthy).
If you’re looking for a great berry base to start with, fortunately for you (and us too), we’ve got you covered with our Berry Digest Smoothie cubes.
They have everything we’ve spoken about above minus the goji and camu camu berries, but feel free to go ahead and add them in the mix if you want.