Super Berries Galore
Super foods are foods (or fruits) that contain extreme levels of nutrition including vitamins and minerals that when consumed produce improved health and wellness. 3 super berries have been gaining greater awareness in the health and wellness industry – acai, goji berries and golden berries, but what exactly makes them so amazing?
Glamour Berry, Golden Berry
Native to the Amazon, Golden berries have been used for hundreds of years by the local villagers for their therapeutic effects to prevent diseases and improve health. These berries are available as a whole dried fruit and have a sweet and tart-like flavour when eaten. Golden berries are bursting with antioxidants and a good source of provitamin A, minerals, Vitamin C and Vitamin B-complex1. In addition, it is also a good source of phosphorous and dietary fibre to promote healthy digestion, ensuring you’re glowing inside and out! You can enjoy the berries simply on its own, dark chocolate coated or add to your favourite salad to super charge your day.
Go go, Goji Berry
Goji Berries have been the latest craze in town bursting with nutritional goodness and are a super alternative to regular dried sultana or raisins. Grown in high altitudes in the Himalayans and traditionally used for their medicinal herbal effects, goji berries are another great source of antioxidants. In particular, gojis are high in beta-carotene which contributes to its gorgeous red colour and has shown to improve our vision! Additionally, they are also a good source of polysaccharides which is essential for the probiotics in our gut. This go-go berry is extremely versatile in different types of foods, plain, sweet desserts and savoury meals so you can enjoy them anytime in any way!
Amazing Acai Berry
Everyone has been shouting about the amazing health benefits of this purple berry for the longest time. The acai (ah-sa-hee) berry is indigenous to Central and South America. This super berry is an antioxidant dynamite package with and can be polyphenols and anthocyanins which helps the body fight against damaging free radicals that can cause sickness and diseases. With its added nutrients including vitamins A, C, E, calcium and iron2, this power-packed berry is one you’ll never want to miss out.commercially found as a supplement powder, juice, jellies and a variety of supplement beverages.
- Ramadan MF., 2011, ‘Bioactive phytochemicals, nutritional value, and functional properties of cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana): An overview’, Food Research International, 44(7): pp. 1830-1836
- Marcason W, 2009, ‘What is the Acai Berry and Are there Health Benefits?’, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(11): pp. 1968