Incan berries are also known as golden berries (Physalis peruviana), Despite their name, they are not a true berry. They’re a variety of nightshade , which is a large group of plants that also includes tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplants, as well as golden berries.
So when it comes to Incan berries don’t think blueberries, think tomatillos. However, like a blueberry, golden berries are indeed on super food super fruit super star!
These little gems resembling a golden raisin but they don’t taste like a raisin. Instead, they’re distinctively tart and sweet. Not only are they a delicious nutritious and portable snack, they are one of the most nutrient-dense super fruits. They are composed of easy-to-absorb bioavailable compounds and are much higher in protein and lower in sugar than many other small berries. Again, they’re not really a berry – but it’s easy to think of them as one.
Golden berries only have about 53 calories per serving and contain vitamins A, C, E, K1, B1, B2, and B3, as well as fatty acids and phytosterols. The vitamin A found in golden berries protects against macular degeneration, loss of vision, cataracts and reducing oxidative stress.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, phytosterols are also called plant sterol and stanol esters and are a group of naturally occurring compounds found in plant cell membranes. Because they structurally similar to the body’s cholesterol, they compete with cholesterol for absorption in the digestive system. That means you can lower your “bad” cholesterol levels by coming “good” phytosterols.
Golden berries also contain trace amounts of calcium and iron, plus other minerals.
I found this at Renegade Health about Incan Berries:
This unique fruit has specialized antioxidants including polyphenols and carotenoids, qualifying it as a super food useful for their anti-inflammatory and other healing qualities. Research has found use of golden berry extract in cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. The berries also have liver and kidney protective properties.
A recent study found golden berry extract improved kidney function after renal injury. Apparently, their unique antioxidant power is the key to their healing value.
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You’ll often find incan berries dried at manylocal natural food markets. They are a perfect pre-run snack~providing an abundance of easily digestible carbohydrates for quick energy. Golden berries contain protein, high levels of phosphorous, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B12 and protein. Inca berries also have high levels of bioflavoniods.
Bioflavonoids, or flavonoids, are a large class of powerful phytochemicals. Not only are bioflavonoids impressive in and of themselves, but they also help maximize the benefits of vitamin C by inhibiting its breakdown in the body.1 Other foods rich in bioflavonoids include broccoli, peppers, and watercress.
Inca berries support cellular metabolism due to the high levels of vitamin B12. This makes Inca berries a great natural source of energy.
People who regularly consume inca berries report they feel great and have more energy and better mental functioning. They are an excellent source of antioxidants. Components found in the Inca berries have been shown to reduce inflammation as well.
I have become quite intrigued by these little super-berries when I learned that they’re a recommended food for diabetics.
Golden berries are known for strengthening the capillaries of the heart and blood vessels by lowering bad cholesterol. They’re also low in natural sugar. They’re tart and tasty… think tart tangy mini figs. They regulate insulin levels and break down the sugars in food which makes then an EXCELLENT choice for anyone trying to control their blood sugar. OrganicMerchant.com recommends checking with your doctor before adding golden berries to your diet if you’re diabetic because they claim they can drastically cut your blood sugar levels.
Thanks to the internet, I can order them on Amazon. I like the Terrasoul Superfoods Dried Golden Berries.It’s an affiliate link.These are Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Earth Kosher, Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan and naturally nutritionally packed with anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids, vitamins A and C, and protein. These are dehydrated to a moisture level of approximately 15%, to retain a soft and chewy texture. They’re nature’s version of lemonhead candy and make a delicious snack.
Add them to your natural trail mix to super charge it today!