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Blueberries are “full of strong antioxidants called anthocyanins,” says Poon, and “research indicates that consumption of blueberries may help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and type2 diabetes.” Blueberries also have anti-inflammatory properties and are a good source of vitamins C and K and manganese.
“Watermelon contains an amino acid, L-citrulline, that supports cardiovascular health. L-citrulline also supports blood flow and increases levels of nitric oxide, which supports athletic performance and can help with ED,” says Poon. It’s also a good source of vitamin C.
“Persimmons contain ellagic acid, a compound that has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging and neuroprotective properties,” says Poon. Persimmons are also a good source of vitamin C.
Gooseberries are high in vitamin C. It also “has anticancer, anti-inflammatory, digestive tract and neurological protective properties,” Poon explains. Gooseberries also support heart health.
This is a traditional food for Native tribes in the Pacific Northwest. “Huckleberries contain resveratrol, a potent antioxidant that supports heart health and has anti-cancer properties,” says Poon.
Lingonberry has the highest content of antioxidants among berries. “It has “anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer properties,” says Poon, and may help prevent obesity. It’s also great for brain health!
“Cloudberries contain ellagitannins, which are polyphenols with a slew of health benefits,” says Poon. They also have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.