Did you know that berries of all kinds including blueberries, strawberries, cherries, mulberries, and blackberries are high in polyphenols, which play an important role in the preventing all kinds of illnesses? Polyphenols are micronutrients with antioxidant activity that help maintain your health and wellness by protecting your body from free radical damage, and thus reducing the rate at which you age. Without enough protection, you can be at risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. They also serve as a prebiotic, contributing to beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract, which is critical to weight control, disease prevention, and overall health. One additional important point, I’ve also learned that they are fat soluble, meaning you should eat them with healthy fats in your diet to improve their absorption. So you see, you really must use them liberally in your cooking including your breakfast, salads, side dishes, snacks, and of course, dessert.