You may have heard the term "Superfruit" thrown around a lot in the health industry in recent years, but what does it actually mean?
Superfruit is a marketing term that first started being used by food & beverage companies in 2005. This isn't a FDA or USDA approved term by any means, and the labeling is completely up to the product manufacturer, but that doesn't mean it still can't be used appropriately.
How we define a Superfruit is through picking out the best of the best in the fruit family, and discovering which ones provide the most overall health benefits and nutrients to the human body. That, in our mind, is the true essence of a Superfruit and what the term was initially intended for.
Many people have their own idea of what a Superfruit entails, but these are our 7 picks for the best fruits to choose for your diet to give your body a boost in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients for daily health.
Açaí Berries have so much hype as a Superfruit because of their antioxidants that steamroll most of the other fruits on offer at the local supermarket. However, because they're from Brazil, they're not always easy to find fresh. A great alternative is finding Açaí powder to put into smoothies and drinks for that extra boost in the morning.
The fruit that packs in the antioxidants, pomegranates are best fresh during September and February. With around 600 seeds, this fruit has been shown to contain almost more than 3x the amount of total antioxidants in green tea and red wine. This is one of the best Superfruits you could include in your diet.
This unsuspecting tart summer fruit has an important antioxidant in them called anthocyanin. This antioxidant helps with triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the body. Cherries have also been known to boost metabolism for that extra health benefit that kicks it into Superfruit power.
The old adage that has stuck with us since childhood is actually true! "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Apples fall into the quercetin family, which is one of the best antioxidants for the body. On top of this, they're also a great source of fiber.
The best Superfruit to boost your brain power and memory, blueberries pack in quite the health punch for their small size. The key is the flavonoid levels in blueberries, which have been linked to sharper brain functioning and cognitive prowess as you age. They're also high in manganese which is a great tool for better metabolism.
Although some people may still think of tomatoes as vegetables, they're actually a fruit! And a very healthy one at that! Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a rare and powerful antioxidant hardly ever found in other fruits (except papaya, which has it too!). They have vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and, as an added bonus, they're low in calories.
You must know already how much we love papaya, and all the health benefits attached to this wonderful fruit. We could not leave it off the list! Papayas are known for the variety of nutrients they provide to the body. They help to boost immunity for those nasty winter colds and support healthy digestion.
Fresh papaya is always a great choice, but it can sometimes be hard to find a non-GMO and organic version of this tropical fruit in local grocery stores. For a great alternative, try our herbal Rooibos Chai Papaya Leaf Tea for a spicy warm beverage to boost your immunity this fall & winter. Or, go for a scoop of our Papaya Seed Powder in your smoothies for that extra boost in healthy digestion.
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This list just skims the surface of some of our favorite Superfruits, but there are quite a few others that could also be included, such as grapes, cranberries, avocados, goji berries, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, cantaloupe, pineapple, bananas, oranges, dragonfruit, blackberries, lychee, raspberries, and even pumpkins!
We enjoy choosing our favorites depending on what's in season and what specific health benefits we're after. Look into which ones would be your favorites and let us know in the comments down below!