Our haskap wonderberries contain an antioxidant powerhouse.
Antioxidants are natural compounds found in certain foods, which can help our bodies fight the damage caused by potentially harmful chemicals called free radicals.
These free radicals are generated as a result of normal biological processes occurring every day in our cells. The mismatch of too many free radicals and too few antioxidants can lead to a state known as oxidative stress, when damage can occur to DNA and other structures in our cells.
Oxidative stress is believed to play a role in the development of many chronic diseases including heart disease, neurological diseases and cancer.
It is thought antioxidants in our diet can help fight chronic oxidative stress associated with the development of these chronic diseases.
Scientists have used two different tests to measure the antioxidant content of haskap berries compared with other fruits. They found that our haskap wonderberries have up to three times the antioxidant content of blueberries,and higher levels than many other berries. The higher the values the more antioxidants the fruit contains.
Haskaps contain particularly high levels of antioxidants because they are gently wrapped in a double purple-blue skin, where most of the protective antioxidants are found. This high antioxidant content helps haskap berries survive the extreme cold and heavy snow of harsh northern winters.
Rupasinghe HPV, Yu LJ, Bhullar KS and Bors B. (2012). Haskap (Lonicera caerulea): A new berry crop with high antioxidant capacity. Can. J. Plant Sci., 92: 1311–1317