Super Fruit Invasion
We’ve been told for years that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While we all know how important it is to get your daily quotient of fruits and vegetables, it’s becoming more and more evident that some fruits are superior to others. The popularity of superfruit is growing by the day, but what exactly makes these fruits so super?
Superfruits are richer in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals than your run of the mill bananas and oranges. Like other fruits, to get the most nutrients possible, consuming superfruit fresh and whole is the best way to reap the benefits of superfruit. The benefits of various superfruits vary from anti aging properties, to helping prevent disease, even to helping the overall health of your eyes. Below is a run down of the top 5 most popular superfruits and their health benefits.
1. Goji Berry
Goji Berries are rich in antioxidants, one in specific being zeaxanthin, related to the decreased risk in age-related macular degeneration, which is the main cause of blindness in people over 65. Not only is the goji berry great for the overall health of your eyes, it can lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as reducing inflammation.
The Acai berry has long been considered rich in antioxidants, but acai berries are also full of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, amino acids and essential fats. Acai berries can also reduce inflammation, improve digestion and alleviate blood clots. In addition to all these dietary advantages, when balanced with a healthy diet, acai berries have shown to fight aging effects.
Pomegranates are linked to disease prevention, and in some studies have shown to slow the progression of prostate cancer. In laboratory studies, pomegranate extract have proven the ability to prevent lung tumors from growing in mice. Pomegranates are chock full of free-radical fighting polyphenols found in green tea, and paired with pomegranate rich isoflavones, this combination of antioxidants is believed to have cancer fighting properties.
Believed by many to be a vegetable, avocados are actually fruit (fruit have seeds, vegetables don’t). Commonly known as nature’s butter, avocados are full of monounsaturated fat and fatty acids, meaning they lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. Avocados also promote heart health by enabling the absorption of carotenoids beta-carotene and lycopene. In addition, avocados are high in fiber, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin B, and phenolic acids, and also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Another superfruit commonly mistaken for a vegetable. Pumpkin fruit, and its seeds, are high in potassium and beta-carotene, making it a good tool to lower blood pressure and has been linked to fighting cancers like lung, colon, bladder, cervical, breast, and skin cancers. Pumpkin is also high in fiber, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E.
Other superfruit to check out include tomatoes, dragonfruit, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, apples, blackberries, kiwi, cantaloupe and many more.