Some superfoods come from far across the globe and others are available locally. Here are some important superfoods and some of their incredible benefits.
Sacha Inchi Seed
The Sacha Inchi also referred to as the Inca Peanut, is a seed of a plant which grows in the highlands of Peru. Although a recent discovery in the health world, the Sacha inchi has been a food source for over 3000 years in the Amazon rainforest. These seeds are rich in the omegas (3, 6, 9) making it a good choice for vegetarians and vegans, Vitamin A, protein, and fiber. These seeds promote weight loss, decrease cholesterol levels, improve brain health since it is a rich source of the omegas. Also, it improves heart health. The omegas present in this seed also help control diabetes and improve skin texture and hair health.
Also known as the Aztec Berry or Cape gooseberry, the goldenberry is one of many newly discovered superfoods. Being as small as it is, these berries contain great amounts of protein and fiber. As a matter of fact, 16% of this berry is protein, making it another great source of protein.
This berry is also rich in vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2 and B6, Vitamin C, as well as iron.
The anti-inflammatory properties of these vitamin-rich berries help promote skin health and even help fight against optic nerve disorders.
Like goji berries, white mulberries have been used traditionally as medicinal ingredients in China and Europe. Recently, people have discovered that the berries aid in reducing weight, cholesterol, and diabetes. Oxyresveratrol, the active component in white mulberries provides amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, white mulberry extract helps improve heart health and helps in treating diabetes. These mulberries are also anti-microbial and can help stop oral pathogens, improving oral health. They also prevent the growth of the bacteria which cause gingivitis and cavities.
Apart from leaving the tongue blue, blueberries are a rich source of potassium, antioxidants and vitamin C. Containing about 84 calories per cup, blueberries are a great addition to yogurts or fruit salads and can be enjoyed comfortably.
The berry associated with a sweet memorable smell is also the one packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. This berry is also often used for whitening teeth. This is because of the malic acid present in strawberries which is a whitening agent. Strawberries also improve metabolic health, boost the immune system, and lower the risks of cholesterol.
From the Amazon, Acai Berries are a Brazilian staple superfood. Since they contain pits like the ones present in olives, they are technically prunes. However, they are commonly referred to as berries. These berries have to first be soaked in water to soften their otherwise tough outer layer and are then mashed into a paste which is dark purple in color. Per 100 grams of this fruit pulp, the acai berries contain about 70 grams of calories. Making them nutrient-dense super snacks. The berries are also packed with antioxidants, which help neutralize free radicals, preventing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Additionally, these berries also improve cholesterol levels as has been seen in various scientific studies. Studies have shown that the plant compound found in acai berries also helps boost brain function and improved memory.