How the Antioxidants in Superfruits Keep You Healthy
We all know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a daily diet. However, if you’re looking for a little extra boost of good health and nutritional support, supplement your diet with superfruits. They contain uniquely high concentrations of nutrients and antioxidants making them a worthwhile addition to a healthy lifestyle.
Here is a list of several exciting superfruits and their healthy properties.
Acai: A very popular superfruit, Acai contains many healthful antioxidants including phytosterols, which encourage good circulation. Acai is a palm berry that comes from Brazil, and it is known as the “beauty berry,” for its promotion of healthy skin and other cells. Its important phytosterols protect the body from exposure to sunlight, toxins and environmental pollutants.
Acerola: With nine times the vitamin C of an orange, acerola is used to treat and prevent scurvy. It also contains vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, and it has been used for natural prevention of heart disease and hardening of the arteries. The fruits are bright red and cherry-like, but contain three lobes.
Blackcurrants: Commonly used in jams, juices, yogurts and wines, blackcurrants have been rediscovered for their distinct, juicy flavor and numerous healthy properties – which are backed up by many scientific studies conducted over the last few decades. Since the Middle Ages, blackcurrants have been used by herbalists in the treatment of gallstones and liver disorders, and they are blended into cough syrups. They are rich in anthocyanins, and they contain high levels of vitamin C. Blackcurrants are also high in potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium. New research is proving that blackcurrants offer natural benefits to heart health, brain function and urinary tract health.
Goji: A pink berry from China, goji contains healthful polysaccharides that are not found in other fruits. It is an excellent source of carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin that can improve eye sight. This healthy pink berry is naturally full of 18 amino acids, more beta-carotene than carrots and more iron than spinach – no wonder the Tibetans say that it is the secret to “chi,” or life energy.
Mangosteen: Another popular superfruit, mangosteen is rich in antioxidants and contains over 40 types of xanthones which can prevent and treat inflammation. A tangerine-sized fruit grown in Southeast Asia, mangosteen is said to enhance youth and vitality and support the immune system.
Maqui berry: A deep purple berry that grows wild in parts of southern Chile, maqui berries are an unusually rich source of anthocyanins, specifically, delphinidins. These beneficial delphinidins carry natural anti-inflammatory properties, thereby helping to reduce the risk of many degenerative diseases that stem from inflammation. These berries are also said to be helpful in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer.
We all know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a daily diet. However, if you’re looking for a little extra boost of good health and nutritional support, supplement your diet with superfruits. They contain uniquely high concentrations of nutrients and antioxidants, making them a worthwhile addition to a healthy lifestyle.