Eating plenty of fruit has always been an easy and delicious way to remain in good health but with an increase in the number of exotic super fruits becoming commercially available, it seems that the traditional apple and banana no longer excites the vast majority of Western consumers. The term ‘super fruit’ was first used in 2005 and refers to any fruit with a significantly high nutritional value, rich anti-oxidant and vitamin content, stimulating health benefits and mouth-watering flavour. As well as offering a wide range of diverse and exciting taste experiences, many super fruits are also used in food supplements for their potential health benefits, such as the promotion of fast and effective weight loss. Below is a list of the most popular fruits that have attained this ‘super’ status:
Acai deserves all of the hype that it gets. Indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, the deep purple fruit is often referred to as the ‘super berry’ since it has one of the highest nutritional values in the world. In Brazil, it has always been used as part of everyday life but it has recently rose to international fame as a result of its incredibly high vitamin and anti-oxidant content. The berry has also become world famous for its thermogenic weight loss properties and is now one of the most common extracts used in diet pills and fat-burners. Acai berry is a rich source of amino acids, iron, fibre, potassium, calcium and Vitamins A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), C and E. It also contains anthocyanins, which are responsible for its rich purple colour, and flavonoids, which help to protect vital cells from free radicals and flush potentially harmful toxins from the body. Regular consumption of these valuable nutrients is a great way to improve your diet and maintain a healthy mind, body and soul.
African Mango (Irvingia Gabonensis)
African mango is a supplement native to West Africa that is high in protein, fibre and healthy fats. According to a recent study in Cameroon, African mango has the ability to reduce body fat, lower cholesterol levels and increase metabolic rate. By increasing the production of the hormone Adiponectin, it helps the body burn unwanted fat by optimising glucose levels and improving circulation. The fruit has also been found to act as a powerful appetite suppressant by influencing the way in which your brain responds to hunger signals.
While not as exotic as some of the other names on the list, the blueberry was one of the very first recipients of the ‘super fruits’ title and its vast health benefits have been backed up by a huge amount of scientific research. Research has shown that the regular consumption of blueberries can help to reduce various diseases, alleviate cognitive decline, lower the risk of heart disease and reduce some of the physical effects of aging. Blueberries are most notable for their tremendous anti-oxidant properties, but they are also rich in the essential minerals Manganese and Selenium as well as Vitamins B6 (Pyridoxine), C and K. In addition, they have a very low Glycemic Index, which makes them an excellent snack for people who need to keep an eye on their blood sugar levels
The bright red goji berry is part of the nightshade family of plants and is native to Mongolia, Tibet and the Himalayan region of China. The berries have been used by Asian herbalists for thousands of years for their nutritional and healing value, helping to improve strength, immunity, fertility, eyesight, circulation and liver function as well as to promote longevity of life. As well as providing a rich source of anti-oxidants, in particular Beta-Carotene and Zeaxanthin, the goji berry contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids that all contribute to overall good health.
Often referred to as ‘Nature’s elixir of youth’, the pomegranate hails from the Middle East and has been cultivated since time immemorial, being referenced in many ancient texts, such as the Book of Exodus, the Homeric Hymns and the Quran. The delicious fruit has become very popular in recent years due to its high anti-oxidant content and is now available in the West in numerous forms. As well as anti-oxidants, which help to neutralise the damaging effects of free radicals, pomegranate has been found to contain vast amounts of Vitamins A, C, E and K, Potassium, Selenium, Iron and polyphenols. All of these valuable minerals may help to improve heart health, brain function and blood sugar levels as well as slowing down the aging process by increasing the elasticity and health of the skin.
Widely grown in all temperate regions of the world, raspberries are a rich source of anti-oxidants and have been linked to possible health benefits in reducing heart disease, preventing cancer, aiding brain function and providing anti-biotic properties. In addition to the important phenol anti-oxidant Ellagic Acid, raspberries also contain ketones, which have become a world famous dieting sensation and utilised in countless food supplements as a result of their amazing natural weight loss properties. Raspberry leaves also have a high nutritional content and contain Vitamins A, B, C, and E, Calcium, Phosphorus and Manganese. They are commonly used to aid in morning sickness, pregnancy and childbirth, with some evidence suggesting that regular consumption can also reduce the risk of miscarriage.
There are many different species of the sea buckthorn plant, extending from the Atlantic coasts of Europe right across to North-Western China. In Western Europe, the plant is mainly confined to the sea coasts but in Central Asia it is more widespread in dry desert-like regions where many plants cannot survive. Though quite unpleasant and bitter to eat raw, the orange berries of the sea buckthorn are incredibly nutritious and have a unique combination of vitamins and minerals that are usually only found separately. The fruit is a rich source of Vitamins B1, B2, E and K, Beta-Carotene and essential fatty acids and its Vitamin C content is among the highest for any plant (about 15 times higher than that found in oranges). In traditional Chinese medicine, sea buckthorn has been used for thousands of years to help relieve coughs, aid digestion, invigorate circulation, ease pain or inflammation, soothe skin irritations and treat metabolic disorders.
FORZA Super Fruits
When FORZA released T5 Super Fruits in 2012, it brought together more nutrient-rich fruit extracts than any other diet pill in existence. This remarkable combination of natural flavours helps to flush your body of potentially harmful toxins while supporting rapid weight loss at the same time, allowing you to stay tropical all year round. The exciting burst of natural flavours includes raspberry ketones, bitter orange, acai berry, African mango, bitter melon and green tea as well as sea kelp, a ‘weight loss wonder’ that provides the body with a wealth of immune-boosting vitamins and minerals all in 100% natural form and its high level of alkalinity helps the body maintain a healthy pH balance.