The top six superfruits ranked (in order of their antioxidant properties)
What are superfruits
You might have heard of superfood, but what about superfruits? Superfruits offer a huge variety of nutrients and each one of them contains higher than usual content of polysaccharides, antioxidants and vitamins that can help you live longer, look younger and even prevent diseases.
What are antioxidants
You might have heard of this fancy term many times from people around you, in the supermarkets or even from your trendy-and-show-off neighbour but don’t really get what it is and what it does.
Breaking the word down antioxidant = anti + oxidation…
- Anti – prevent
- Oxidation – the reaction where one atom or compound steals electrons from another atom or compound
Essentially, an antioxidant is basically a substance that prevents oxidation from happening. In most cases, it refers to the oxidation of the cells in our bodies and free radicals are formed. A chain cascade of oxidation reactions in our bodies could often lead to diseases and even premature aging.
Here are the top 6 superfruits (based on their antioxidant properties) to save those free radicals!
Number 6 – Orange (1.9 mmolTrolox/L)
Vitamin C in oranges improves the body’s immunity against infectious agents and its dietary fiber, pectin can also bind to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Oranges also contain a variety of phytochemicals like naringenin which may be useful for mediating the inflammatory changes in the obese adipose tissue.
Number 5 – Apple (2.3 mmolTrolox/L)
The antioxidant activity of apple, particularly apple peels (wax-free) has been found to greatly inhibit the growth of colon cancer and liver cancer cells. Its soluble fibre, pectin has shown to be linked to reduce levels of bad cholesterol, a major cause for heart diseases.
Number 4 – Cranberry (4.7 mmolTrolox/L)
The anthocyanin-rich extracts in cranberries could inhibit the induction of vascular endothelial growth factor and prevent the formation of new blood vessels which are necessary for any tumour cells to proliferate.
The bacterial antiadhesive properties unique to cranberry seem to prevent bacteria such as E. coli from adhering to uroepithelial cells preventing urinary tract infection.
Number 3 – Blueberry (6.7 mmolTrolox/L)
On top of conferring skin-protecting properties and associated with slower rates of cognitive decline, the anthocyanins in blueberries (or berries in general) could help counter the built-up of plague in arteries and reduce the “bad” cholesterol in our bodies. If you want to get some of these goodness into you, check out our Berried Peaches kombucha
Blueberries – Although small, these tiny blue gems which freeze in 4 mins are power-packed with antioxidants.
Number 2 – Grape (7.8 mmolTrolox/L)
Grapes contain many strong antioxidants like phytochemicals, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanidins which could prevent platelet aggregation, cancer cell proliferation while reducing cholesterol levels. Darker grapes like red and black grapes have higher levels of resveratrol (think red wine) which may reduce the effects of inflammation and boosts the immune system.
Number 1 – Pineapple (20 mmolTrolox/L)
The winner is Pineapple!
The high amounts of vitamin C (a water-soluble antioxidant) could aid in the reduction of joint pain and osteoarthritis and can also provide anti-inflammatory properties which relieves cold and reduce mucus in the nose and throat
Found naturally in pineapple, the enzyme, bromelain also facilitates the digestion of protein in the body.
"Yea that's right, you know you want some"
Kombynation Co. incorporates a variety of superfruits to their kombucha collection, creating a superdrink that not only offers the usual kombucha benefits but also the benefits of the superfruits.
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