Berries release antioxidants that attach to illness-causing free radicals. A large number of berries provide the most abundant source of antioxidants, which means you can eliminate one or more of other trail mix foods.

The antioxidant anthocyanin reduces the inflammation caused by long hikes over rugged terrain Anthocyanins collaborate with quercetin to impede the development of memory loss. Copious amounts of vitamin C enhances joint flexibility and strengthens cartilages. As a juicy food that contains mostly water, berries help you address bouts of hunger.

If berries possess short shelf lives, how can the delectable, nutrient-rich food source help you on the trail? The answer lies in picking fresh berries that increase your strength and avoiding the berries that make you very ill or worse, kill you.