All American Berries:  

Potent Foods For Lasting Health 

by Francis Brinker, N.D.


The protective effects of whole berries defend against oxidative stress and low-grade inflammation, the underlying instigators of many chronic degenerative diseases. The book begins with a general overview of how the regular consumption of vegetables, fruits, berries, and their bioactive polyphenolic compounds has been shown to help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes melitus, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and neurodegenerative diseases in large populations over decades of follow-up. 

The indigenous American berries chosen to represent this potent type of fruit were selected on the basis of recent scientific and medical studies that demonstrate the importance of these specific foods in the preservation of health and reducing the risk of chronic disease. The frequent consumption of these and other berries, alone or in combinations, is a delicious way of helping provide protection against cellular free radical damage leading to oxidative stress and chronic metabolic dysfunction. This book establishes the imperative that these readily available berries be used to full advantage for helping avoid chronic diseases and reducing the rising costs in health care.

This text continues Dr. Brinker’s tradition of combining the art with the science to empower us to improve the health of those we serve through one of nature’s super foods. I highly recommend it.
— David Rakel, M.D.; Founder and Director, University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program
All American Berries is beautifully written, accessible and compelling. It is filled with hundreds of research articles with concise, useful summaries. Dr. Brinker’s blend of botany, pharmacognosy and naturopathic principles make this an essential text.
— Louise N. Edwards, N.D., L.Ac.; Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University
Brinker has written a readable, evidence-based guide for health professionals and anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of these amazing fruits.
— Randy Horwitz, M.D., Ph.D.; Medical Director, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
In All American Berries, Dr. Brinker brings together the scientific evidence underscoring the health-promoting benefits of antioxidant-rich berries that are native to North America and are often overlooked as nutritional and botanical superstars for promoting health and longevity.
— Roy Upton, R.H., Dip.Ayu., Executive Director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Whether you are a pharmacist, physician, or natural product’s manufacturer, consumer, farmer, or botanist, I highly recommend this deep dive into the world of nature’s finest food.
— Aviva Romm, M.D.; Author, Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health
Reading it made me want to include different berries in their various forms at every meal to get all the health benefits they provide. Everyone interested in natural health needs a copy on their bookshelf for frequent reading and referencing.
— James L. Wilson, D.C., N.D., Ph.D.; Author, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome
All American Berries will become a highly regarded reference text to health care practitioners and whole food researchers alike.
— John D. Mark, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
The book All American Berries is another reason that Dr. Brinker is the voice of the Naturopathic herbal movement. Dr. Brinker details how North American berries are not only tasty but highly useful as medicine.
— Glen Nagel, N.D., Assistant Professor of Botanical Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine