It's becoming common to think about the food we eat differently - for its nutritional value rather than just satisfaction/indulgence. The body of evidence is continuing to grow proving the significant health benefits of superior nutrition. But it can be a humble reminder to note that Nature has been following the path we are just starting on for generations.
Two University of Rhode Island scientists believe that birds choose certain berries because they offer protection against oxidative stress that occurs during long flights. Oxidative stress can lead to inflammation and a variety of diseases in birds and humans. "We're suggesting that birds choose deeply colored berry fruits in part because of their anti-oxidant properties," stated by researchers at Iowa State University. Most of the migratory birds ate berry fruits even though they usually eat insects or seeds at other times of the year. The research indicates that birds prefer to eat certain fruits that have more antioxidants and key nutrients, even choosing the highest antioxidant berry varieties on the island over others.
Pretty cool. If we want to know what's healthy to eat, just watch some animals - seeds, berries, nuts, grains, fruits and veggies.
Want to boost your antioxidants, then try putting a handful of berries or dark cherries into your smoothie, on your cereal or with a handful of nuts as a mid-day snack.