We’ve all heard about “superfoods” and the additional benefits they have for our bodies. Well, now there are four more superfoods that you should be aware of. They are: Acerola, Maqui Berry, Cloves and Baobab Fruit. Below you’ll find a little bit of information about each of these nutritional powerhouses and why you should add them to your grocery list.
Acerola – Acerolas are grown in Central and South America and are often marketed as Amazon or Barbados cherries. The skin is a yellowish color, but it’s the vitamin C content that has everyone amazed.
They have 40 times more vitamin C than oranges! This gives them an extremely good antioxidant ranking. These little guys are hard to find in the produce section of the grocery store, but can be found in extracts, powders and capsules.
Maqui Berry – The Maqui Berry is grown in Patagonia, which is located on the southern tip of South America. Maqui Berries are similar to blueberries as they’re known for their antioxidant qualities. In fact, while blueberries rank well on the ORAC score, Maqui Berries have a score that’s 10 times higher than blueberries. It’s also said that the Maqui Berry may also help control weight too.
Cloves – Cloves have been around for a long time, but haven’t been known as a superfood until recently. Spanish researchers have recently found a potent antioxidant activity within cloves that has gone unnoticed for some time. It is believed that these antioxidants may have the ability to replace synthetic ones that are currently being used in food preservatives.
Baobab Fruit – Baobab Fruit is grown in Africa and has just recently received approval for export. The fruit has an odd texture as it is naturally powdery. This fruit is full of calcium and vitamin C, making it perfect for those who aren’t able to eat dairy products (or simply don’t like dairy products). Even better, the seeds can be roasted and consumed for additional protein. While it has been approved for export, the fruit still hasn’t hit many grocery stores but it can be found in some yogurts for extra flavor.
While there aren’t any foods out there that are going to prevent illness 100% of the time, the foods that are dubbed “superfoods” are definitely worth checking out because they have the nutritious elements that have been shown to reduce our chances of contracting various illnesses and diseases. It certainly won’t hurt to include them in your diet.