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What is a Superfruit

Science has yet to provide a clear definition of what a superfruit is but, in general, it is defined by:

1. The density of the nutrients provided
2. The antioxidant power offered
3. The health benefit potential
4. The ability of the particular fruit to affect other cell and molecular structure
5. And, in most cases  the amount of clinical research that has already been carried out on the particular fruit




SUPERFRUITS: Disease Prevention Theories

You will note when reviewing the potential health benefits of consuming superfruits, one major point is their incredible antioxidant capabilities and ability to fight free radicals in our bodies that gives them such powerful potential health benefit.

Free Radicals & Oxidative Stress

Since antioxidants found in superfruits cancel the cell-damaging effects of free radicals, there is evidence that suggests they have disease-prevention capabilities as well. That would mean that consuming superfruits may ward off lower immune systems, neurodegeneration, coronary disease and macular degeneration (among other things). In many instances, diseases are believed to be caused by oxidative stress. This relationship has been, and is, being studied by researchers to find solutions for diseases and any role that superfruits may play in negating oxidative stress.

The range of diseases that are thought to be associated with oxidative stress is a long one and it also includes: Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Of great significance, given its prevalence in our society, is that there appears to be a relationship between oxidative stress and cardiovascular disease. In this particular medical arena, the researchers feel reasonably certain of a relationship.

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