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What is a Superfruit?

The term “superfruit” was first used in the food and beverage industry in 2005 to describe fruits that have exceptionally high nutrient densities and antioxidant levels. Superfruits have steadily grown in popularity since their introduction, and are now commonly sold as juices, in energy drinks, or in supplement form.

Check out our superfruit guide below for information about the health benefits of seven amazing superfruits, plus tips on how to use them and product suggestions!

What is it? Health Benefits How it’s Used Products
Açaí is a small dark purple berry that grows on the açaí palm in Central and South America. High in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Sold as frozen pulp, juice, used in smoothies and beverages; sold in supplement form. Sambazon juices, frozen smoothie packs, energy drinks, supplements; Sunfood açaí powder
Acerola (aka Barbados cherry) is a shrub grown in South and Central America bearing small, reddish fruit. Very high in vitamin C. Used in food and beverages to add flavor and boost vitamin C content. Live Superfoods Raw Acerola Cherry Powder
Baobab fruit grows on the African baobab tree, and is encased in a thick, hard shell. Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, calcium, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Smoothies, juice, cereal bars, supplements. Immunologic Fruit Powder; Dynamic Health Baobab Juice; Solaray Baobab Capsules
Goji Berries (aka Lycium berries) are small, red berries native to the Himalayan region of China and Tibet. High in iron and vitamins A, C, E, and B; good for eyesight, brain health and energy; complete protein. Dried fruit, powder, juice and supplements. Navitas Naturals Goji Berries and Powder; Dynamic Health Labs Goji Juice; Now Foods Goji Juice; Nature’s Way Goji Berry Supplement
Golden/Incan Berries are a sweet, tangy berry grown in the Peruvian Andes. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; excellent source of vitamins A and C; high in fiber and protein. Dried or fresh fruit. Sunfood Raw Incan Berries; Navitas Naturals Raw Goldenberries
Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree bearing a sweet, tangy, juicy fruit. It is grown in hot, humid areas of Southeast Asia. May have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. Fresh fruit (not available in continental U.S.), pulp, juice. XANGO Juice; Dynamic Health Labs Juice
Pomegranate is a reddish fruit housing a complex interior of juicy seeds and white pith. It is native to southwestern Asia, but widely cultivated in warm, dry regions of the world. High in vitamin C and potassium; has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; reduces heart disease risk. Whole fruit, juice, powder, supplement. Dynamic Health Labs Pomegranate Juice; POMx Capsules; Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder

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This content provided above is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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