It’s July, so it must be time for Juneberries!
Juneberries, a native berry of western Canada (also known as Saskatoons) don’t ripen until July in the UK, but if you are lucky enough to see some, give them a try. The fruits are tasty when eaten fresh (reminiscent of a cherry/plum mix) and can be fresh frozen.
Containing several powerful antioxidants, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C, it is claimed Juneberries contain twice the amount of calcium and five times the amount of magnesium of blueberries.
The Juneberries vibrant colour comes from the anthocyanins, which research has shown to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties and can aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes, as well as boosting eye health and mental focus. The anthocyanins even work together with the quercetin to help slow age-related memory-loss. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of chemicals in the synovial fluid of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Eating vitamin C–rich berries like Juneberries contribute to radiant skin and healthy hair, and may reduce the risk of arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
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