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Feb 16th, 2013

Exotic Fruits and Berries Boast Big Antioxidants

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Ruby-red pomegranate is an antioxidant superstar

From South America to Malaysia, from Hawaii to China, fruits, berries, and their juices are being hailed as the new superfoods. Boasting high amounts of antioxidants and other vital nutrients, these superfoods can play a supporting role in a healthy diet. They are widely available as antioxidant juices, supplements, or added ingredients in smoothies, recipes, and other premade products.

Rush of antioxidants

Antioxidants are the body’s armed forces, working to prevent free-radical damage to the body’s cells, which is associated with premature aging and disease.

  • Pomegranate: Ruby-red pomegranate is an antioxidant superstar. The distinctive sweet-tart flavor of the seeds and juice adds flare to food and drink. Native to Iran and the northern Himalayas in India, the pomegranate today is grown in California and Arizona.
  • Açaí: Another rich antioxidant source with a notable taste, açaí is a like blueberry crossed with dark chocolate. Derived from Amazon palmberries, its rich purple pigment denotes a high antioxidant level. According to the manufacturers, açaí is also high in amino acids and fatty acids, which help to keep cell membranes supple. You’ll find açaí in smoothies, juices, teas, and powders.

Exotic fruits for vitality

A host of other fruits from around the world show promise for their health-promoting properties, though research is needed to confirm their benefits:

  • Goji: The berries and juice of the goji fruit holds its nutritional treasures. From the Ningxia province of China, goji, a fruit of an evergreen shrub, was traditionally regarded as a longevity-promoting and strength-building tonic. Goji is high in antioxidants and amino acids, according to the manufacturers.
  • Mangosteen: The juice of the native Malaysian mangosteenGarcinia mangostanas contains a class of antioxidants called xanthones, which hold promise for their disease-fighting properties.
  • Noni: Noni, or the morinda tree, is found in the Polynesian Islands and Hawaii. The fruit and its juice are used traditionally as a laxative and topically for skin ailments. Today noni producers tout it for its ability to aid a wide variety of conditions from improving asthma to assisting in weight loss.
  • Maqui: According to the manufacturers of the maqui products, this Chilean berry has the highest known antioxidant content of any fruit and has been traditionally used by Mapuche Indians for supporting stamina, increasing strength, and promoting healthy immune response.

Keep it real

When trying new products—especially those that make big promises—do your research and consult your healthcare practitioner so you can make informed choices. Remember that moderation and variation are the keys to health, and a wide variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts and other protein sources, will work together to promote health and vigor.

Kathleen Finn is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in the natural health industry. She is partial to pomegranate.

14 Responses to Ready, Set, Breakfast!

  1. Ana Soto 22/10/2013 at 9:47 pm

    do you carry Moscato Primo Amore wine like the one they serve at Olive Garden? If not where can I find it? Thank you.

    • Customer Care Customer Care 23/10/2013 at 9:10 am

      Good Morning Ana !
      Thanks for the great question; so many people love Moscato Primo Amore. Our Albertsons carry several brands of Moscato from wineries like Gallo, CK Mondave, Barefoot, all similar to the Moscato Primo Amore. Which store do you shop at? I’d be happy to see which brands they carry!
      ~ Chris

  2. Holly Goulet 10/02/2014 at 6:58 am

    Do you carry Colores Del Sol Malbec or something similar? Also, what is your “hoppiest” double IPA. My husband pefers Hopslam by Bells. Thanks!

    • Customer Care Customer Care 13/02/2014 at 1:06 pm

      I apologize for the delay, Holly. I’d be happy to check into that for you. Which store location do you shop at? ~Shasta

  3. Beverly Otero 01/08/2014 at 9:41 pm

    I live in Upland Ca and would like to find Bon Affair wine and some Albertsons sell this brand. Where would I find this wine.

    • Customer Care Customer Care 03/08/2014 at 6:36 am

      We will be happy to look into the availability of the wine, Beverly. We have sent a product request to the Upland Albertsons to review our options to carry this product. You will be contacted by email within the next business day with more information. ~Victor

  4. Julian Leon 06/10/2014 at 7:26 am

    Does Albertson’s carry spelt bread?

    • Customer Care Customer Care 06/10/2014 at 8:21 am

      I’d be happy to check to see if your area store carries spelt bread, Julian. Which store do you shop at? ~Shasta

  5. Makia 14/10/2014 at 12:53 pm

    Do you carry hemp milk in the Klamath Falls Oregon Albertsons?

    • Customer Care Customer Care 16/10/2014 at 2:30 am

      Hello, Makia. I have sent your inquiry to the store director for further review as to whether or not they carry the hemp milk. You can expect follow up by the end of the next business day. Have a great week. ~Cindy

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