Saskatoon Berries as a SuperFruit

Saskatoon Berries as a SuperFruit (antioxidants)

It’s a long-accepted fact that fruits are good for the body. Certain fruits, however, offer such a high amount of antioxidants and disease-fighting capabilities, they’ve earned the name superfruit for their superior level of health benefits.

Saskatoon berries are one such superfruit. What’s more, research has shown these rich, dark purple fruits hold one of the highest levels of antioxidants and anthocyanin contents available, more than even what’s found in strawberries, raspberries, or wild blueberries.

Able to protect cells from the effects of free radicals that damage cells (introduced into the body by certain substances such as cigarette smoke, sunlight, pesticides, environmental factors), antioxidants are key in the fight against several health problems.

Take a look at some of the benefits a diet high in antioxidants offers:

  • Fights certain cancers
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Reduces oxidative stress linked with aging
  • Reduces inflammation
  • May prolong life

Recent research has shown Saskatoon berries are also high in fiber “meaning they can help control blood sugar, defend against diabetes, aid digestion, and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease”as well as a rich source of five essential vitamins and minerals.

Nutrients in raw saskatoon berries
Nutrient Value per 100 grams % Daily Value
Energy 85 kcal
Total dietary fiber 5.9 g 20%
Sugars, total 11.4 g 8%
Calcium, Ca 42 mg 4%
Magnesium, Mg 24 mg 6%
Iron, Fe 1 mg 12%
Manganese, Mn 1.4 mg 70%
Potassium, K 162 mg 3%
Sodium, Na 0.5 mg 0%
Vitamin C 3.6 mg 4%
Vitamin A, IU 11 IU 1%
Vitamin E 1.1 mg 7%
Folate, mcg 4.6 mcg 1%
Riboflavin 3.5 mg >100%
Panthothenic acid 0.3 mg 6%
Pyridoxine 0.03 mg 2%
Biotin 20 mcg 67%
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