Saskatoon berries can be considered as one-kind of ‘Superfruit’. The word ‘Superfruit’ refers to fruit which contains high sources of antioxidants. From a nutraceutical perspective, antioxidant rich fruits have anti-cancer, anti-aging, and anti-heart problem effects on human body. The benefits of antioxidant have contributed against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, and act as a protective guard to our immune systems.
The ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value is one of the methods used to measure the total antioxidant activity in fruit. In the tables below the ORAC values show saskatoon berries are naturally high in antioxidants and rank highest in both fresh fruit and in fruit pulp relative to other common fruits.
Research evidence shows that antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of cancers.1,2 Studies also showed that there are potential anticarcinogenic activity of anthocyanins in fruits and fruit products, and anthocyanins may possess multifaceted actions including antioxidation and anticarinigenesis, and may have inhibitory effects on colon carcinogenesis.3
Anthocyanins Show Potent Anti-Obesity Potential.....
Anthocyanins, antioxidant pigments from fruit and vegetables, have a "significant potency" against fat cells and could be used for the prevention of weight gain, suggests a new study from Japan.4
Saskatoon berries are exclusively only grown in Canada, with the largest supply coming from the prairie provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba.
Read more information on the nutraceutical and nutritional benefits of this unique fruit, Nutrition & Health.
¹ Ozga, J. A., Saeed, A. and Reinecke, D. M. (2006). Anthocyanins and nutrient components of saskatoon fruits (Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.). Can. J. Plant Sci. 86: 193-197.
² U. Nothlings, S.P. Murphy, L.R. Wilkens, B.E. Henderson and L.N. Kolonel. Flavonols and Pancreatic Cancer Risk-The Multiethnic Cohort Study. American Journal of Epidemiology; V 166,8: 924-931. ³ C. Hu, B.H.L. Kwok, D.D Kitts. (2005). Saskatoon berries (Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.) scavenge free radicals and inhibit intracellular oxidation. Food Research international 38: 1079-1085. 4Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Volume 56, Number 3, Pages 642-646.
Prairie Berries Inc. is a Canadian based food company specializing in Saskatoon berries to offer this SuperFruit to customers around the world in a secure reliable manner. Our objective is to be the industry leader through our reputation for quality and integrity of the Saskatoon berry products.
Our philosophy at Prairie Berries Inc. is to work together with growers, suppliers, customers, and employees to develop long term cooperative alliances by which all parties find mutual benefit through the production, processing, and marketing of Saskatoon berries.
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Keeler, SK, Canada