What are Superfruits and Where Do They Come From?

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You may have noticed the increased advertising of açaí berries at numerous juice companies. Foodies and nutritionists around the world are beginning to praise açaí berries and caja fruits, calling them “super foods” because of their high nutritional power.
Both açaí berries and caja fruits predominately grow in the South American Rainforest and have long been used by indigenous populations. Only recently, around the late twentieth century, have they started gaining mainstream popularity in the wider world.

Açaí berries sprouting from their tree.
Açaí berries sprouting from their tree.

Açaí berries grow in Açaí palm trees and have been used by indigenous Amazon Rainforest tribes living in the floodplains for thousands of years. The pulp of the berry contains most of its nutrients, such as antioxidants and omega fatty acids. They are known for their abilities to boost energy, detoxify the body, and facilitate weight loss. One can get the advantages of açaí berries through vitamins, juices, teas, and powders.

The Caja fruit is rich in two codependent nutrients, iron and vitamin C.
The Caja fruit is rich in two codependent nutrients, iron and vitamin C.

Caja fruit is an orange fruit that is full of iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. It is a great aid to the immune system fighting against colds and is also low in fat and cholesterol free! Caja also has beta-cryptoxanthin, which increases the body’s production of vitamin A, a vitamin that supports bone growth, vision, and the development of white blood cells. Its combination of vitamin C and iron is notable because these two are dependent on one another. Vitamin C is responsible for absorbing iron efficiently into the cell so that iron can ensure that the body efficiently uses oxygen and that individual cells receive enough oxygen to function properly.

 

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