Some Berry Good News

News out of Norway is stating that increasing your intake of anthocyanins (compounds in the dark red, blue, and purple pigments in berries and various other fruits) may help to protect against certain types of inflammation in the body. Researchers in this newly published study found that an anthocyanin-rich mixture of bilberries and black currants reduced activation of factors responsible for influencing a variety of inflammatory responses that may play a role in certain unhealthy chronic inflammatory conditions by up to 27%.

The Bigger Picture: While science has shed strong light on the importance of consuming antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, this new research gives even stronger reason to include dark berries in your diet on a regular basis. And while competitive bodybuilders and many dieters often shun fruits due to their sugar content, excluding berries needn't necessarily be the norm. If you're fearful of eating fruits, simply add a half cup or so of anthocyanin-rich dark colored berries to your post-workout protein shake - when it's highly unlikely the body will store sugars as body fat - and not only will your taste buds thank you, but so will your depleted, sugar-seeking glycogen stores.

Journal of Nutrition August 2007, Vol. 137, Pgs 1951-1954 "Anthocyanins Inhibit Nuclear Factor-B Activation in Monocytes and Reduce Plasma Concentrations of Pro-Inflammatory Mediators in Healthy Adults" A. Karlsen, L. Retterstol, P. Laake, I. Paur, S. Kjolsrud-Bohn, L. Sandvik, and R. Blomhoff
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