The History of Superfruits

Superfruits have been around for many years, long before the adjective “super” was prefixed to the word “fruit”. A lot of what may be considered common fruits today are now being discovered as “super” because of the nutritional benefits these natural, sweet treats provide.

Strawberries

Roman dramatist Virgil and Saint Hildegard of Germany both associated the fruit with snakes because of the low growing habitat of strawberries. Early Romans used strawberries as an aphrodisiac. If two people split a double strawberry, the two were destined to become lovers. In China, during the time of the Yellow Emperor, the royal Chinese physicians would make concoctions using strawberry leaves that the Emperor used to rid his body of antioxidants and maintain his youth. Ancient shamans of Indian tribes have used strawberries as ingredients for their medicines.

Today:

  • Found to contain high concentrations of tannins and proanthocyanidins compounds.
  • Can be used as a gargle.
  • Produces ellagic acid and isothiocyanates, two chemicals that are potent in Mangosteens.

Mangosteen

Originating in Southeast Asia, the pulp of the mangosteen fruit has been revered for its taste, but the whole fruit also is known for it’s beneficial properties.Historically, the whole fruit was used to treat people both topically and internally. This was done by either grinding the rind down and applying it directly to the skin or steeping it in water overnight and then drinking the resulting tea. Societies long ago had the opinion that mangosteen restored intestinal health Often times it was first made into a paste or ointment and then applied topically on the skin.

Today:

  • Valuable properties and several active phytochemicals have already been identified in the fruit:
  • 39 different xanthones& These powerful phytonutrients demonstrate unique and valuable health properties.
  • catechins& The mangosteen rind has been shown to have the same level of this active ingredient as found in green tea.
  • proanthocyanidins& The same benefit touted in grapeseed extract, proanthocyanidins are found in efficacious amounts in the whole mangosteen fruit.

Benefits:

  • Sustains a healthy cardiovascular system*
  • Supports cartilage and joint function*
  • Supports the immune system*
  • Promotes a healthy seasonal respiratory system*
  • Maintains intestinal health*
  • Neutralizes free radicals*

Blackcurrant

During the Middle Ages, herbalists thought that blackcurrants could be used to treat During World War II, children were given a drink composed of currants containing high Vitamin ‘C’ content. Blackcurrants traditionally used for pies, jam, puddings and ice.

Today:

  • Found containing nutritional properties including high levels of natural antioxidant compounds (anthocyanins).
  • May increase flow of urine and induce heavy perspiration.

Blueberries

Native Americans gathered fresh blueberries from forests and bogs and used them for food, and also thought the berries offered medicinal benefits. Civil War soldiers drank blueberry juice because they thought it may help with the prevention of scurvy.

Today:

  • May assist one with finding the balance of a healthy life-style given that blueberries are a naturally sweet treat, yet are low in cholesterol.
  • Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants; while also being low in calories.

Blackberry

The Greeks used the blackberry to improve health, and the Romans made a tea from the leaves of the blackberry plant. Native Americans used them for food, medicine, and to dye animal skin. Societies long ago, thought that blackberries could be used to aid in treating skin conditions.

Today:

  • Blackberries are considered among the top 10 foods containing antioxidants.
  • Blackberries are high in the following vitamins: C, A, E, K, Manganese, and fiber.
  • These super berries are packed with polyphenols.
  • Good for the digestive system and anti-aging properties.

Raspberry

During the Middle Ages in Europe, the raspberry was recognized as a favorite women’s tonic, which they believed could soothe many of the complaints of the fertility years. Wealthy medieval Europeans used raspberries for food and pigment.
In Germany, raspberries were used to tame bewitched horses by tying a bit of the cane into the horse’s body.

Today:

  • Helps cells in the body by neutralizing free radicals.
  • Raspberries have been shown to have as much as 50% higher antioxidant levels than strawberries.
  • Help protect the body’s tissue from oxygen-related damage.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Get some Superfruits into your diet and remember that drinking too much fruit juice can lead to weight gain too. 

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