We’ve all heard about superfoods – foods that are high in nutrients and health-giving properties – and their ability to help you manage your weight, curb cravings and even boost your immune system.
But what about superfruits? Yip, they’re a thing now too, and they include fruits that are full of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, look better and even prevent disease.
The best part about them is that they’re available at any grocery store and are “super” easy to add to your daily diet, especially since they’re considered most beneficial when consumed fresh.
Try to add between five and ten portions of these superheroes to your daily diet:
Açaí actually deserves some of the hype it gets, thanks to weapons-grade antioxidant levels that clobber other Superfruit rivals like blackberries, strawberries and blueberries.
Guess the famous saying is right after all. This crunchy, fibrous fruit is packed with antioxidant, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory powers that may help protect you from heart disease and possibly allergic reactions.
This creamy and delicious fruit is packed with monounsaturated fat and fatty acids, helping to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels while raising the amount of good cholesterol in your body. The healthy fats in avocados also promote the absorption of other carotenoids – especially beta-carotene and lycopene – which are essential for heart health.
This Superfruit is loaded with potassium, which can lower your blood pressure, and is one of the best sources of Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that fills you up and helps to boost your metabolism.
These tart and tasty gems rank in the top 10 for antioxidant power and are particularly rich in polyphenols, the same family of antioxidants found in green tea, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease, cancers, and osteoporosis.
Your go-to superfruit for brain function and memory. Several studies link high flavonoid levels in blueberries with a better memory, and regular consumption may help keep your brain functioning well as you age, new research suggests. One study found that women with the highest intake of berries appeared to have a delay in cognitive ageing by a whopping 2.5 years. Blueberries are also rich in manganese, which plays a vital role in your metabolism, which can help keep you slim and energised.
A new product released by Releaf Pharmaceuticals, called Memrise (TM), is super-powered by concentrated levels of blueberries – and clinical trials are showing remarkable results in improving memory for students while studying, busy execs who need to up their game, and ageing people who would like to feel ’10 years younger’ memory-wise.
Cherries are full of the antioxidant called anthocyanin, which can reduce inflammation and lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels. In a recent study, University of Michigan researchers found that giving cherries to lab rats reduced two common markers of blood vessel inflammation by up to 50 percent. The cherry eaters also gained less weight and experienced significant drops in cholesterol.
All citrus, from limes to tangerines, are chock-full of vitamin C, fibre and small amounts of other nutrients and disease-fighting chemicals. It’s the C that makes citrus a Superfruit, as this vitamin counters the effects of sun damage, regulates oils glands and can even prevent age spots.
What makes grapes a Superfruit? A powerful antioxidant called resveratrol, which promotes a healthy heart. Researchers have also found that compounds found in grape seed extract seem to help slow Alzheimer’s disease (at least in mice) and can clobber head and neck cancer cells grown in the laboratory.
For an extra overall health boost, take Releaf Multivitamin with GRT (Green Rooibos Tea) which is a natural source of antioxidants that could help contribute to the normal function of the immune system.