(Natural News) Fruits come in different shapes and sizes, and one humble fruit is slowly making the rounds on the list of potent superfoods whose numerous nutritional benefits surprisingly fit in its marble-sized yellowish berries.
Goldenberries are delicious fruits that are closely related to tomatoes and eggplants. Also known as Incan/Aztec berries or Cape gooseberries, the fruits of this perennial plant are a powerful energizer, loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Goldenberries are also low in calories and promote weight loss. They support body growth because of their high levels of protein and phosphorus. Moreover, they have been shown to purify the blood, improve digestion, boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, and are an excellent diuretic.
With this dense nutritional profile, you would think goldenberries have hit their limit. But this small fruit has been known to protect against the big guns of health conditions: diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
Sugar fluctuation is one of the hallmark symptoms of diabetes. Certain compounds found in goldenberries can regulate the breakdown and intake of simple sugars from carbohydrates, preventing excess sugar from flooding the bloodstream, and ensuring that insulin receptors are not overworked. This shows that golden berries are an effective preventive method and treatment for Type 2 diabetes. (Related: Here are the healthiest fruits you can eat that are low in sugar.)
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are the damaging byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous ones. Goldenberries pack some serious punch with their high antioxidant content, which makes them potent superfoods that can help prevent certain chronic diseases and some types of cancer.
Goldenberries also possess anti-viral properties, which protect against the cold and flu season.
Goldenberries contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can improve heart health by reducing inflammation of the arteries and blood vessels, which prevents the development of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. This also lowers , which further decreases the symptoms of and gives relief to your heart.
The anti-inflammatory activity of goldenberries also relieves other ailments like arthritis, gout, muscle pain, chronic pain, and even hemorrhoids. Moreover, goldenberries have been shown to help sufferers of asthma and certain skin problems, and even optic nerve disorders.
Goldenberries have a delicious sweet and sour taste that kids and adults alike may enjoy. Add goldenberries to your favorite recipes that call for fruits (fresh or dried) like salads, jam, yogurt or granola, to name a few. If you live in a warmer, humid climate, you can even grow goldenberries right in your backyard and enjoy them fresh off the plant.
Goldenberries are just one of the many lesser-known superfoods that are highly nutritional but don’t get much attention. Kickstart your healthy lifestyle by ditching junk food and other processed foods full of unhealthy additives and snack on some delicious goldenberries instead.