Continuing with our foods from the earth theme, let’s take a look at some powerhouse fruits. I’m not referring to bananas, apples, or other common fruits. While the fruits in your traditional fruit bowl are very good for you, try the super fruits I describe below for exceptional energy.
We already have an entire blog dedicated to pomegranates. Grown for hundreds of years in the Himalayan Mountains, several research studies have confirmed that pomegranates are super high in antioxidants and are a natural anti-inflammatory. These tiny little seeds may help lower blood pressure, fight breast and prostate cancer, protect against arthritis, improve memory and exercise performance; they may even help alleviate erectile dysfunction.
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, have medicinal roots from ancient China. This sweet fruit is usually sold dry; they look like red raisins. High in vitamin C and iron, goji berries are great for energy. They contain the antioxidant zeaxanthin, which can help you to detox from radiation or smoke exposure. Studies have shown that they may help reduce arthritic pain, protect your eyes and lower your risk for heart disease.
Grown in the high altitude regions of South America, Incan berries, also known as golden berries, have been eaten there for centuries. Also sold dried, they have been said to cure many ailments. Incan berries are packed with vitamins C and A, iron, niacin and phosphorous. These berries start off tasting pretty sweet but end with a sour note. Inca berries are full of fiber and protein…yes PROTEIN, a pretty unique quality for a berry to have. They are great as part of any detox regimen.
Like goji berries and Incan berries, mulberries are sold dried. They originate from ancient China. Dried mulberries are a great source of protein, vitamin C and K, fiber and iron. The high levels of iron in mulberries helps your circulation, which in turn increases your production of red blood cells, bringing more oxygen to your organs to help them function optimally and to boost your metabolism. Mulberries, like red wine, are high in resveratrol, making them a great treat for heart health. Mulberries also contain alkaloids that activate macrophages. Macrophages are white blood cells that stimulate the immune system, putting it on high active alert against health threats.
When striving to get in your 2-3 fruit servings a day, choose these super fruits as a go-to. Goji berries, incan berries, and mulberries are super add-ons to any trail mix!