Benefits Of Super Fruits
Super fruits have become increasingly popular over the past several years and they can be found in a variety of food products. There are many claims that they will ensure longevity, great health and prevent aging, but do they really deliver on these promises?
QUESTION: WHAT ARE SUPER FRUITS?
Super fruits are a class of fruits that contain higher amounts of important antioxidants and phytochemicals that may contribute to good health as part of a well balanced diet. When compared to apples and bananas and other common fruit they score higher on the ORAC rating system. The latest super fruits making headlines include pomegranate, goji, mangosteen and acai.
QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SUPER FRUITS?
Let’s take a look at the nutritional advantage of the top 3 super fruits:
Lower blood pressure
Lower blood sugar
Reduce blood clots
Goji - Also known as wolfberries, are reddish berries that taste between cherries and raisins, but slightly more bitter. There have been claims that goji can cure breast cancer, but no research can back that up. However goji does increase SOD levels in the body, which is an antioxidant that scavenges free radicals. Goji has a lower Glycemic index and may help diabetics.
Mangosteen – Contains xanthones that have anti-microbial properties that may help to prevent intestinal problems and may help reduce cancer. Research has shown mangosteen reduce COX II enzymes.
Acai – Dark purple berry, tastes like blueberry and chocolate. Rated as the number one anti-aging food by Dr. Nicholas Perricon. Is rich in anthocyanins and may reduce cancer and heart disease. There is limited research, but acai has higher antioxidants than most common fruits and contains amino acids and healthy fatty acids
QUESTION: IS IT IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE SUPER FRUITS IN OUR DIET?
Eating fruit is a way to increase vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber in the diet. Eating fruit can also satisfy a sweet tooth, since fruit was the original “sweet” that man ate. No one food including a super fruit is a magic bullet that has the ability prevent or cure disease, especially if the diet is poor. Super fruits can add important nutrients, antioxidants, xanthones, anthocyanins and polysaccharides to the diet, and have a lower impact on blood sugar levels, but they can be expensive.
The recommendation for fruit consumption is two to four servings for most people, but if you have sugar metabolism problems, you may need to keep fruit consumption to a minimum. Besides super fruits, you can also obtain many health benefits by eating other fruits containing high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals: blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, cherries and black currants.