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What Is a Superfruit?

We know that fruits are not a bad choice as snack options go: They generally provide fiber, along with all sorts of important nutrients, in a convenient package. It’'s also pretty well known that the downside of too much fruit consumption lies in the sugar fruits contain.

So what makes a fruit, well, super?

Concentrated power is the key: Superfruits tend to pack a heavier health punch thanks to their higher nutrient-to-sugar ratios, making them worthwhile additions to all but the strictest of diets.

These plant versions of Superman now come from practically every continent except Antarctica, in addition to the myriad islands that dot the South Pacific seas. And while everyone's list of fruits that deserve the term “super” will vary, here is a quick introduction to the most notable of the lot.

Açaí: Antioxidant Superstar

Where It’'s From: Central and South America

Traditional Usages: As a densely nutritious food; traditionally served with tapioca in northern Brazil

Modern Research Shows: Loaded with anthocyanins, achieving extremely high antioxidant activity; serves as a great source of fiber; ongoing research reveals other potential effects, including a possible role in supporting healthy cholesterol levels†*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Black Cherry: Wild and Wonderful

Where It's From: Eastern North America

Traditional Usages: Jams and pies (the wood being prized for furniture-making); as a folk therapy for gout and respiratory disorders, and as a stomach tonic†

Modern Research Shows: The cherry’s antioxidants appear to inhibit an enzyme calledxanthine oxidase, a major source of harmful free radicals; other phytonutrients may support its traditional use in helping to ease symptoms associated with gout and other arthritic conditions*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described. The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Blueberry: Brain Food

Where It's From: North America; now grown also in Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America

Traditional Usages: Jams, jellies, and baked goods; leaf tea long used by folk healers to deal with blood sugar and urinary tract issues†The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described. The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Modern Research Shows: Having blueberries on the brain is a bright idea—these fruits have helped senior rats keep their mental edgeThe information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described. The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Cranberry: A Bladder’s Best Friend

Where It's From: Acidic bogs throughout the Northern Hemi­sphere; commercially grown in Canada and the northern United States

Traditional Usages: To support kidney and blood health*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Modern Research Shows: Appears to support the urinary tract in dealing with microbes; may play a similar role elsewhere*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.†

Goji: TCM Celebrity

Where It's From: Mostly grown in China; also known as wolfberry

Traditional Usages: In Traditional Chinese Medicine to enhance immunity, circulation and eyesight†The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described. The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Modern Research Shows: Contains an abundance of minerals, amino acids and antioxidant phytonutrients; studies suggest goji may help support eye health in seniors as well as energy production and immune function†*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Mangosteen: Health Queen

Where It’'s From: The South Pacific; now also grown in Hawaii and Central Africa, places which are warm enough to support this ultra-tropical plant

Traditional Usages: The “Queen of Fruits” is not only popular for its exquisite flavor but also as a folk remedy for various conditions†

Modern Research Shows: Contains xanthones, a group of compounds possessing powerful antioxidant properties, along with numerous other healthful phytonutrients†*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Noni: Power from Polynesia

Where It's From: Southeast Asia; now grown from India to the South Pacific

Traditional Usages: Various parts of the tree have been used in folk medicine for centuries

Modern Research Shows: The juiced fruit contains robust antioxidants; also under investigation as a agent that may be useful in various health-support roles*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.†

Pomegranate: Vitamin C Powerhouse

Where It's From: The area now known as Iran, from where it spread to the Mediterranean; now also grown in California and Arizona, as well as tropical Africa, Malaysia and parts of Southeast Asia

Traditional Usages: As a refreshing drink and flavoring agent (it was the original basis for grenadine)

Modern Research Shows: Chock full of vitamin C and powerful phytonutrients, this multi-seeded fruit is being studied for possible supportive effects on the brain and heart, and for possible antimicrobial properties†*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described. The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described.

The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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