SUPERFRUITS!

The superfood generation is here and it is a health sensation. The news is spreading fast about the incredible health benefits that have been associated with using Acai and other superfruits.

If you are serious about your health and the health benefits you can derive from consuming superfruits, read on.

WHAT IS THE SCIENTIFIC DEFINITION OF A "SUPERFRUIT?"

Science has yet to provide a clear definition of what a superfruit is but, in general, it is defined by:

  1. The density of the nutrients provided
  2. The antioxidant power offered
  3. The health benefit potential
  4. The ability of the particular fruit to affect other cell and molecular structures
  5. And, in the case of Pomegranate, the amount of clinical research that has already been carried out on the particular fruit
SUPERFRUITS: DISEASE PREVENTION THEORIES

You will note when reviewing the potential health benefits of consuming superfruits, one major point is their incredible antioxidant capabilities and ability to fight free radicals in our bodies that gives them such powerful potential health benefits.

FREE RADICALS & OXIDATIVE STRESS

Since antioxidants found in superfruits cancel the cell-damaging effects of free radicals, there is evidence that suggests they have disease-prevention capabilities as well. That would mean that consuming superfruits may ward off lower immune systems, neurodegeneration, coronary disease and macular degeneration (among other things). In many instances, diseases are believed to be caused by oxidative stress. This relationship has been, and is, being studied by researchers to find solutions for diseases and any role that superfruits may play in negating oxidative stress.

The range of diseases that are thought to be associated with oxidative stress is a long one and it also includes: Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Of great significance, given its prevalence in our society, is that there appears to be a relationship between oxidative stress and cardiovascular disease. In this particular medical arena, the researchers feel reasonably certain of a relationship.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES - THE HIGHEST ORAC VALUES

While fruits and vegetables tend to have the highest ORAC values, it is the superfruits like Acai and Pomegranate that score the highest. For comparison purposes, let’s take a look at some fruit to see how the ORAC values look. Remember, this is based on consuming at least 3.5 ounces per day and a recommended intake of 5-9 servings daily.

This look at the ORAC values of regular fruits as opposed to superfruits will give you some idea as to why Acai and Pomegranate are called superfruits.

ORAC VALUE

ACAI 18,500
POMEGRANATE 3,307
Apple 218
Bananas 221
Blackberries 2,700
Blueberries 2,400
Cherries 670
Grapes (red) 739
Grapefruit 483
Oranges 750
Prunes 289
Raisins 142
Raspberries 1,220
Strawberries 1,540
* based on 3.5 oz servings

In brief, these are the criterion used to judge the overall value of the superfruit from a health perspective.

HEALTH AND THE TOP TWO SUPERFRUITS

As noted, superfruits have become a hot topic for their purported health benefits. To assist you in understanding this, we will review the top two superfruits in the world Acai (ah-SIGH-ee) and Pomegranate.

 

Acai and Pomegranate - the best Superfruits >>