Benefits of Goji, Acai and Maqui Berries
Below is a description of the antioxidant and weightloss benefits of goji, acai and maqui berries, often referred to as superfruits.
Goji Berry Benefits
It may be tiny in size but the Goji berry benefits your health in many ways. It contains powerful antioxidants and has been used traditionally by the Chinese to treat high blood pressure, diabetes and to maintain the health of the eyes. It is often sold in its dried form and tastes sweet but also slightly sour. Packed with nutrients, it is often referred to as a superberry and has became popular in the West.
Sometimes referred to as Chinese wolfberries, they have been grown in China for centuries and are traditionally served with Chinese herbal soups for its anti-aging benefits, including prevention of cancer and other diseases, especially eye-related problems due to aging. Derived from the lycium barbarum plant, the berry likely gets its name from its Mandarin name "gouqi" (pronounced goo-chi).
This fruit contains 6 essential vitamins including B1, B2, B6, E and C, and 18 amino acids which are essential for building and repairing muscle tissues. Vitamins B1 and B2 are found in significant amounts in the fruit and the wolfberry contains much higher levels of vitamin C than orange and has the highest amount of carotenoids among all foods. Carotenoids are antioxidant agents that protect body cells from damage from free radicals. This, together with the zeaxanthin found in wolfberries, are very good nutrients for the eyes.
This fruit also contains 21 trace mineral elements, of which the main ones are iron, germanium, zinc, selenium, copper, phosphorus and calcium. It is also high in polysaccharides which are important in the prevention of degenerative type diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Essential fatty acids like linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic are also found in the fruit.
The health benefits of wolfberries can be experienced in the form of the fruit in raw or dried form, and in the convenient form of tablets. They are also marketed as an energy booster (in the form of juice) and weight loss drink (with sugar added, of course).
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Benefits of Acai Berry
The Acai Berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) grows on palm trees in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil. It looks like a purple grape, about one inch long. This small fruit is 90% seed and 10% pulp and must be carefully handled before it can be consumed. It has been gaining a lot of popularity due to its great nutritional and health benefits. It is renowned for its high antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory and antimutagenic properties. It is also beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
The fruit has been called a super food for a very good reason. With 10 times the antioxidants of grapes and twice the antioxidants of blueberries, the Brazilian Acai berry is considered to have the best nutritional value of any fruit on earth. The high concentration levels of antioxidants help reduce premature aging. Acai Berries can help a promote a healthier cardio vascular system and digestive tract, because of its synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols.
This superberry is also an excellent source of dietary fiber. Soluble fibers may help lower blood cholesterol and insoluble fiber may help to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers. It also contains Omega Fatty Acids (healthy fats), Amino Acids, Iron, Fiber, including many other vitamins and minerals. Essential amino acid complex along with trace minerals are vital for proper muscle contraction and regeneration.
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Benefits of Maqui Berry
Native to South America, such as Chile, the Maqui berry is a small, purplish black fruit that is getting very popular now due to its exceptional health benefits. Discovered later than its closest rival, the acai berry, it is fast closing the gap in popularity due to the power of its antioxidant property that is reported to be three times more powerful than that of the acai berry. In fact, it has been hailed as the best super fruit in terms of antioxidant property. Laboratory research on Maqui berries and cancer have shown promising results.
These berries are very high in anthocyanins, a type of potent antioxidant which is indicated by the purple pigments of the fruit. These pigments also help to prevent the growth of colon cancer cells. Anthocyanins are also found in significant amounts in fruits like cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and Concord grapes but these compounds are found in unusually high amounts in maqui berries. Anthocyanins also enhances the body’s defence against high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Laboratory tests have demonstrated that distilled Maqui is able to prevent the development and proliferation of cancer cells. The cancer cells were observed to go into a self-destructive mode within twenty four hours. Further clinical research have shown that the ORAC rating of Maqui berry is far superior compared to other similar super berries like acai, goji and cran berries. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and is a universal measurement of the amount of antioxidants found in a food.
The strong detoxification effect of this berry produce a side effect in the form of effective weight loss. The accumulated toxins in our bodies make our bodies easily sick and tire easily. When you get tired easily, you tend to exercise less and eat more. When you start taking Maqui berry, your energy level hikes up due to the effects of detoxification. A body being cleansed of internal toxins and poisons would raise your energy levels. This gives you the boost to exercise more and therefore you will start to lose weight. A healthier body makes a person look and feel younger and live longer. This is the anti-ageing effect of the fruit.
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