The Power of Phytonutrients & Longevity

By Ginger Cochran, MS, RDN, CDCES

Spring has arrived, and so have some of our favorite superfoods! Berries and cherries are some of the most well-researched superfoods on the planet! These tiny delicious packages are bursting with phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber known to help prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The phytonutrients in these small superfoods have been shown to prompt longevity, slow aging, and prevent neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's.

Life-enhancing phytonutrients found in berries are responsible for their rich dark red, purple, and blue colors. Plants create phytonutrients to help protect themselves from disease and environmental stressors. When we ingest them, we reap the medicinal benefits. 

Research has even shown that phytonutrients can stimulate our immune system, prevent toxic substances in our environment from turning carcinogenic, reduce inflammation, prevent oxidative damage to cells, slow cancer growth, and help regulate intercellular signaling between hormones and gene expression. 

Needless to say, berries and cherries have earned their spot at the table in any diet. This is why Designer Wellness has included berries in many of our products, including Immune Support Gummies, Designer Plant, Strawberry Designer Whey, Sleep Gummies., and our ready-to-go Designer Smoothie pouches.

To help you incorporate a berry-rich diet that promotes longevity and quality of life, we’re sharing our top 10 favorite ways to incorporate berries into your day.  


Making a diet rich in berries and cherries to promote health and longevity is rather simple with Designer Wellness products that include these superfoods like Immune Support Gummies, Designer Plant, Strawberry Designer Whey, Sleep Gummies, and our ready-to-go Designer Smoothie pouches. Our other products, like vanilla or chocolate Designer Whey, Designer Egg, Designer Soy,  women’s health Aria, and Vanilla Cupcake Designer Lite, all complement the flavors of cherries or berries in any smoothie. 

Plus, don’t forget to try the Strawberry Waffles recipe HERE.

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Nurses’ Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, higher intakes of anthocyanins and anthocyanin-rich fruits were linked with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.44 

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Hanhineva K, Torronen R, Bondia-Pons I, et al. Impact of dietary polyphenols on carbohydrate metabolism. Int J Mol Sci. 2010;11(4):1365-1402.