Berries and Cherries
Dried cherries have higher levels of antioxidants compared to some other fruits and are one of the few foods that contain melatonin that helps regulate heart rhythms and sleep cycles. Dried cherries contain almost 20 times more beta carotene (vitamin A) than blueberries and strawberries and are also rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fibre.
Called “superfruit” because of their high nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, dried cranberries lower your risk of urinary tract infections because they contain powerful antioxidants that prevent certain bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract. Their antioxidants combat certain types of cancer, can improve your immune function and decrease your blood pressure. Dried cranberries are also a good source of vitamin C, fibre and vitamin E-1. They also contain vitamin K, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients – naturally occurring plant chemicals that help to protect the body and offer anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties as well.
Dried blueberries have the highest antioxidant level of all fresh fruit. They’re rich in anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, E, A, copper, selenium, zinc and iron. Keep in mind that the deeper the colour of the dried blueberries, the richer they are in antioxidants and other medicinal benefits.