The Benefits of Superfoods – The Goldenberry
Within the last 20 years, America has begun to experience a health crisis as its citizens wage a war with obesity that has reached into the lives of children. Many believe that the weight issue has become an epidemic and needs to be countered. In an effort to counter the growing weight problem among Americans, many are striving to take control of their lifestyles.
In part because they themselves want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle but also to set an example for those who carry a deeper struggle with weight and their overall health. One of the methods that people are using to counteract health issues are what’s known as “superfoods”.
Superfoods, like the Goldenberry and other small berries, can have a profound impact on lifestyle and holistic wellness. Imagine a food, not a drug, that’s powerful enough to enact change through consumption. Foods that were capable of lowering your cholesterol, reducing the risk of cancer throughout the body and staving off the effects of heart disease.
Superfoods have an uncanny way of restoring function to the body’s organ systems, including the brain and endocrine systems that directly relate to mood and energy. With improvements in just those areas most people experience a positive change in how they view their overall health, how they feel, how they function, etc. Superfoods like Goldenberries are readily available and many people are turning to these sources of nutrition to correct health deficits and put their wellness back on track.
The Goldenberry – Just one of Many Superfoods
The effect that diet can have on the body is outstanding, and it’s amazing the effect that food can have on us even in small quantities with very little real change in our diet. A few minor improvements and our bodies begin to bounce back.
It’s not necessary to seek out specific foods for specific ailments. A better approach is a healthy diet that incorporates a number of superfoods like the Goldenberry in order to maintain a healthy weight, fight disease, improve organ function and live longer in general. While the focus of this piece is the Goldenberry, there are a variety of other superfoods that deliver similar results. Rounding out a diet plan with numerous superfoods will deliver the most benefit.
One thing all superfoods have in common is that they are a real and unprocessed source of nutrition. You won’t find fortified potato chips and energy snickers in a superfoods category.
So what is a Goldenberry?
The Incan Goldenberry (Physalis peruviana), also known as the Cape Gooseberry isn’t a true gooseberry but a botanical relative to the potato and tomato that’s been growing in the Andes for thousands of years. The Goldenberry is one of the few non-native fresh fruits available to the early western settlers of Australia and has made its rounds throughout the worlds over hundreds of years as an exotic fruit.
The fruit, which is bright yellow and extremely sweet when ripe, can be found in the U.S. easily but is also available in markets from Venezuela to Chile. Thanks to local climates it has been cultivated and grows quite easily in Hawaii, California, South Africa, East Africa, India, New Zealand, Australia, & Great Britain. It’s small in size (about the size of a large marble) and grows within a protective paper-like husk that looks strikingly similar to a Chinese lantern. Many cultures believe that in order to harvest the fruit at its best you must wait until the husk has completely dried. Those cultures would often hold off their own from picking the fruit until this point. Once the husk was dry, the Goldenberry would be at the peak of being ripe which would create a very rich, sweet and juicy berry.
Most Common Uses for the Goldenberry
The Goldenberry is often eaten raw like many other small berries such as the blueberry or raspberry. For transport and storage purposes, the Goldenberry is often dried and sold in a “dehydrated” format where it strongly resembles a raisin in texture and shape. In this form it’s easily mixed into cereal, yogurt mixes, fruit salads, green salads, trail and nut mixes or on its own as a dried fruit snack.
The Goldenberry, because of its sweet/tart flavor, has been used as an excellent substitute for apples in pies and crumbles. In some cultures, such as India, Goldenberries are commonly used to make jams and jellies.
The Benefits of the Goldenberry
With all the talk about flavor, appeal and use one might think that it’s just natural for people to take to this superfood because it’s native to many areas. It would be like an American munching on an apple. The fact is, taste aside, many people are drawn to the Goldenberry because of the health benefits of eating them.
It falls into the superfood category for a reason; like other small berries and raw foods it is packed with a plethora of vitamins and nutrients that are highly beneficial:
The Goldenberry is high in protein - (approximately 16%) which is extremely high for any kind of a plant or fruit making them an excellent protein supplement for those who don’t care to get their protein from animal or meat sources. Protein is vital to the development of tissues in the body among many things. As we burn off energy, our bodies require protein to rebuild and make repairs throughout the body.
Goldenberries are high in Phosphorous – Aside from calcium, phosphorous is one of the most vital minerals in the body and necessary for the growth and strengthening of bones and teeth. Calcium alone isn’t capable of building strong bones and tissue, as research has shown that phosphorous is needed to maximize bone-strengthening benefits.
Goldenberries are an Excellent Source of Vitamin A – Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that not only aids in keeping eyes, skin and mucous membranes moist but it’s also a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body. These free radicals are capable of causing severe tissue damage. It exists as beta-carotene in many plants which the body converts in vitamin A.
Goldenberries are an Excellent Source of Vitamin C – A water-soluble vitamin also known as ascorbic acid that is a potent antioxidant, required by more than 300 metabolic functions in the body including tissue growth, adrenal gland function, healthy gums, metabolism, etc. One of the major benefits is that it can bind with toxic substances and certain heavy metals to render them harmless while setting them up for easy excretion.
Goldenberries are rich in Complex B Vitamins – There are numerous B vitamins that exist in the Goldenberry fruit (B1, B2, B6 and B12). These complex B vitamins do a great deal to reduce stress, improve memory, improve energy and reduce fatigue, spur metabolism, relieve PMS and reduce the risk of heart disease. They’ve even been shown to help the body burn fat and glucose off for energy.
A Delicious source of Bioflavonoids – Studies have proven that bioflavonoids possess antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and antioxidant properties. Essential, the Goldenberry can potentially help you correct a number of ailments if it becomes part of a regular diet.
What is the Appeal of Goldenberries
While they are indeed a delicious fruit that can be eaten in a variety of forms, the greatest appeal (which has help strong for thousands of years) are the healing properties of superfoods like the Goldenberry. Traditionally speaking, the Goldenberry has been used to help a variety of ailments including
- Optic Nerve Disorders
- Throat Afflictions
- Gastro-Intestinal Upset
- Intestinal Parasites
- Skin Conditions of varying sorts
Where to purchase Goldenberries
Thanks to the common use of the net as a shopping source, there are quite literally hundreds of thousands of sources online for ordering Goldenberry fruit, often in a dried form but fresh fruit can be shipped depending on your location.
It can also be obtained, in some areas, in a supplement form to be taken as party of a daily supplement routine. For those who live in the appropriate climates (such as Hawaii and California) the Goldenberry fruit can be obtained fresh from local distributors and markets. If you’re lucky enough to live in the appropriate climate, you can also benefit from planting your own crop and harvesting your own Goldenberries over time.
As mentioned, there is no single superfood that should be taken as a cure-all or consumed as a sole provider of benefits. Foods are meant to be eaten in variety, and for those who are trying to lose weight as well as improve their overall lifestyle the Goldenberry provides a significant benefit. The greatest benefit of course comes when they are included in a well-rounded diet that contains other superfoods. Once a balanced diet is created and carried, the nutritional deficiencies that people commonly suffer from will subside and the overall health will improve to a great degree. It’s this state of balanced holistic health that will make it possible for you to consistently lose weight and keep it off.
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