Your parents always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, but do you know why? Most fruits are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that can help you live longer and fight off disease. In this article, we’ll discuss several fruits that are so good for you and explore why health experts have deemed them “superfruits.”
Today, we’re going over 15 superfruits! As we highlight the many benefits of superfruits, think about how you can incorporate them into your diet. You could create a superfood blend, a fruit-topped yogurt parfait, a fruit-filled pie, or get a heaping serving of superfruits from one supplement every morning. More on that later…
1. Acai Berries
You have likely heard of this berry as the main ingredient in acai bowls (naturally). This magical berry is a food growing in popularity across the United States. Acai berries have more antioxidants than other berries, offering benefits like protection against cellular damage and reduced levels of blood sugar. While the Brazilian fruit can be expensive to come by, powdered acai berry is a more affordable option – perfect for fruit smoothies.
Many people think of avocados as vegetables, but their seeds actually make them fruit! Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which help reduce inflammation in the body. They can help lower bad cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Blueberries are known for their powerful antioxidants that can slow aging and prevent diseases. One specific type of antioxidant found in many blue, red, and purple fruits is anthocyanin. This antioxidant has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits. In fact, a study showed that a high intake of anthocyanins was linked to a 32% lower risk of heart attacks.
Like blueberries, cherries contain anthocyanin, giving them anti-inflammatory powers. Other properties of cherries make them a great asset for reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.
5. Citrus Fruits
Lemons, limes, and tangerines are packed with vitamin C. This potent vitamin is known to reduce sun damage, regulate oil glands, and diminish signs of aging like wrinkles and age spots. Of course, vitamin C also protects against immune system deficiencies, the common cold, and heart disease. Squeeze half a lemon into your water or squeeze a lime onto your tacos to experience these benefits.
Regular consumption of cranberries can raise good cholesterol, and the powerful fruit is especially super for women. They have been found to prevent urinary tract infections and fight off ovarian cancer. In some cases, eating cranberries can help make chemotherapy drugs more effective and even slow the growth of some cancer cells.
7. Goji Berries
This little superfruit is small but mighty. Originating in Asia, they contain an antioxidant called “zeaxanthin,” which is great for eye protection. Goji berries fight against age-related eye diseases, UV light, and oxidative stress. They also contain beta-carotene, which can improve skin health and reduce skin irritation. You can bake this superfruit into cookies, make it into a jam, or top your yogurt and smoothie bowls with the dried form.
This spiky fruit is a great source of bromelain; Bromelain is a digestive enzyme that breaks down food and reduces bloating. This is essential for people with pancreatic insufficiency.
While plums taste incredible, they also offer many great benefits. Plums contain chlorogenic acid, which has been found to decrease anxiety. They are also rich in hydroxycinnamic acids, an antioxidant that both reduces damage done by free radicals and your risk of contracting several diseases.
Pomegranates, like many other superfruits on our list, contain powerful antioxidants as well. Full of anthocyanins, ellagitannins, and organic acids, pomegranates have been found to reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, and muscle damage.
11. Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seeds
This squash is packed with beta-carotene and potassium, which are both great at preventing high blood pressure. Your body turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which boosts the immune system. Enjoy this fruit while you can because it is most easily found in the fall.
Rich in fiber, vitamin C, and manganese, this is a fan-favorite berry. Manganese helps the body form connective tissues, bones, and blood-clotting factors. Raspberries taste great in smoothies, pies, and yogurt, or on their own as a snack.
Strawberries are great for improving heart health, increasing good cholesterol, and protecting against cancer. Because they are a sodium-free, fat-free, and low-calorie food, strawberries are similar to raspberries in that they make the perfect healthy snack or topping.
Lycopene is the defining antioxidant found in tomatoes. This antioxidant found only in pink and red superfruits provides sun protection, improved heart health, and lowered cancer risk. Tomatoes provide a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Watermelon is another great source of lycopene, sharing some of the same benefits that tomatoes offer. Additionally, this superfruit can help relieve muscle soreness and keep you hydrated, due to its high amount of water content. Cantaloupe gets an honorable mention as another great source of beta-carotene and vitamin C. You can enjoy both of these melons best in the summer.
Get Your Superfruits Daily; Choose SUPER GREENS
As you can see, there are plenty of superfruits to add to your diet. We didn’t even cover all of them (looking at you, apples, bananas, and blackberries). Consuming all of these fruits in one day might seem daunting (rightfully so!). Instead, you can pack multiple superfruits into one superfood blend.
Say hello to SUPER GREENS – don’t let the name throw you; it’s packed with super veggies and fruits! You’ll find 16 unique superfruits in this blend alongside a full serving of organic vegetables and alkalizing grasses. Prove to your mother that you’re getting full servings of fruits and veggies every day by mixing SUPER GREENS into your water each morning. It’s that easy.
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