Raspberries contain antioxidants, substances that inhibit damage to some types of cells, and consequently help reduce inflammation. The antioxidants, flavonoids which are commonly found in fruits and plant foods, protect the fluid portions of our cells. Of the fruits, berries are very high in flavonoids and are known to have beneficial effects on inflammation and cell damage. More specifically, anthocyanin pigments are the antioxidant that gives many fruits and vegetables their red, purple, and blue coloring. These pigments also give fruits and vegetables the ability to protect the body against chronic diseases. Some fruits that would fall into this specific category include blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and tart cherries.
¾ cup unsweetened 100% orange or pineapple juice
½ cup fruit-flavored low-fat yogurt
1 cup frozen, unsweetened blueberriesBlend all ingredients well in blender and drink!
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