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Pollinated Foods Are High In Antioxidants – Study Reveals!

A recent study conducted by a nutrition expert and a group of pollination ecologists at the University of Berlin, Germany, the Leuphana University, Luneberg and the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco has showed that globally, crops pollinated by animals are extremely rich in vitamins A, C, E, minerals such as fluoride, calcium, iron and dietary lipids.

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Another important aspect was that the crops propagated by pollinators were high in nutrients that lowered the risk of heart disease and cancer. These included carotenoids such as β-cryptoxanthin and lycopene and other antioxidants found in vitamin E.

The researchers estimated that nearly 40% of the very essential nutrients coming from fruits and vegetables could be lost without the intervention of pollinators.

Animal pollinators such as bees are declining in numbers throughout the globe. If this is the case, in the coming years we might be eating food that is deficient in required nutrients leading to the development of several diseases.

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