Monday, August 25, 2008

The benefits of Superfruits

Learn more about the research finding on these 5 Superfruits that have sparked a worldwide following, bolstered by claims promoting benefits such as anti-ageing, detoxification, energy enhancement and immunity boosts.

What’s in a Superfruit?

Antioxidants & free radicals
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals, cell-damaging chemicals that are produced during normal human functions such as digestion and breathing. Experts believe the damage from free radicals is a factor in the development of conditions such as cancer and blood vessel disease.

The term “phyto” is a Greek word meaning plant. phytochemicals are chemical compounds derived from plants or fruits. The most recognizable phytochemicals are carotenoids - red, orange and yellow pigments found in fruits and vegetables such as carrots. Scientists have found evidence that phytochemicals may reduce the risk of cancer. Eating many colorful fruits and vegetable in your diet can supply different phytochemicals to benefit your health.

Found in plant food, xanthenes are chemical compounds that contain antioxidants. They are said to help maintain intestinal health, prevent inflammation and strengthen the immune system.

1 Pomegranate
What it is: Has around 500 seeds that can range from white to deep red
Where it grows: Native to the Mediterranean Middle East
Supposed benefits: Some studies suggest that the juice may contain almost three times the total antioxidants in green tea and red wine.

2 Kiwi
What it is: Flesh can be bright green and golden
Where it grows: Can be grown in most temperate climates with adequate summer heat
Supposed benefits: A single kiwi is said to supply more than the normal daily adult requirement of vitamin C

3 Mangosteen
What it is: Has sweet-sour white flesh
Where it grows: Primarily in countries with a hot, humid climate such as Malaysia, Thailand & Indonesia
Supposed benefits: Its rind contains xanthones which are said to neutralise free radicals.

4 Avocado
What it is: Egg shaped, green-brown on the outside and green-yellow on the inside
Where it grows: Central and South America
Supposed benefits: It contain healthy monounsaturated fat, which as been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

5 Blueberry
What it is: Indigo berry, 5 to 16mm in diameter
Where it grows: North & South America, Australia & New Zealand
Supposed benefits: It is said to be an anti-ageing superstar that is loaded with antioxidants to improve

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