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13 Amazing Health Benefits of Golden Berries

Golden berries or Golden cherries are the delicious berries that belong to the genus, “Physalis”, and is scientifically known as “Physalis Peruviana”. It is native to South America but is now cultivated in many regions of the world, like South Africa and Europe. Golden berries are also known by some other names like cape gooseberry, Aztec berry, poha, harankash etc. It is a super food that is loaded with many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc. and the presence of these compounds make them very beneficial for our health. In this article, we will know about the major health benefits of golden berries, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of Goldenberries.

 

Nutrition Chart of Golden Berries

Nutrition Chart of Golden Berries
Source- USDA

Health Benefits of Golden Berries

Golden Berries Health Benefits
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(1) Provides Antioxidantal Benefits

Eating golden berries on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for our health because of the antioxidants like Vitamin C, VItamin A and other relevant compounds present in them.

The antioxidants present in the golden berries provides a number of benefits, like protects our cells from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals, strengthens our immune system, improves cardiovascular health and so on.

In addition to the antioxidants, golden berries are also rich in polyphenols that not only reduces the risk of certain types of cancers but also prevents them from spreading.

The antioxidants present in the golden berries, fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, and by doing so, they inhibit the growth of various cancer cells, and thus reduces the risk of colon cancer, skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer etc.

(2) Provides Relief From Inflammatory Diseases like Gouts And Arthritis

Regular and moderate consumption of golden berries has been found to be very beneficial for the individuals suffering from inflammatory diseases like arthritis and gouts etc.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly because of the presence of Vitamin C in it.

The Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory in nature which means it is very effective in reducing inflammation and for providing relief from the pain associated with the inflammatory diseases like gouts and arthritis etc.

The anti-inflammatory nature of golden berries is also effective in reducing inflammation of arteries and veins, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, and also reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

(3) Promotes Weight Loss

Consuming golden berries on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for the people who are on a weight loss regime, and would like to get rid of some extra pounds.

This weight loss benefit of golden berries is mainly because of their low calorific value. Eating 100 grams of golden berries provides only 53 calories, which means one can enjoy golden berries without worrying about the excessive calories and the weight gain.

In addition to this, they are also rich in dietary fibers and water, that plays an important role in the weight loss process.

The dietary fibers present in the golden berries, keep our stomach fuller for a longer duration, and decreases our urge to eat again and again, and thus helps in controlling overeating.

As overeating is a major factor behind obesity, so by controlling overeating, golden berries help in controlling obesity.

Similarly, golden berries are also rich in water, and in fact, more than 80 percent of golden berries weight is water, which has no calories and doesn’t at all contribute to the weight gain. In fact, it improves our metabolism and helps our system to burn more calories.

(4) Provides Essential Fatty Acids

Everything that glitters is not gold, and in the same way, all “Fats” are not bad.

In fact, our body needs some essential fatty acids to perform optimally, and this super food “Golden Berries” can help in providing the same.

Golden berries are a good source of essential fatty acids like “oleic acid” and “linoleic acid” that aids in lowering the level of bad LDL cholesterol from our system, and thus helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

(5) Contains “Withanolides”

Golden berries are “Superfood” in the true sense because they also contain some rare compounds like “withanolides”.

“Withanolides” are powerful antioxidants that fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells.

They are also effective in preventing “automatic cell death” or “apoptosis”, and reduces the rate at which cancer cells spread throughout the body.

(6) Minimizes The Risk of Several Types of Cancers

Eating golden berries on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial for reducing the risk of several types of cancers like colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, prostate cancer etc.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants and relevant compounds in them.

The antioxidants present in the golden berries fight with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, and thus reduces the risk of development of several types of cancers.

It has also been found that golden berries are effective not only in reducing the risk of cancer but also in slowing down the growth of cancerous cells.

(7) Regulates Blood Sugar Level

Consuming golden berries on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for the diabetic patients and those who are at the risk of developing diabetes.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly because of their low glycemic index, which means they reduce the rate at which sugar gets released into the bloodstream and thus helps in managing diabetes.

In addition to this, golden berries are also a good source of dietary fibers that reduces the rate at which blood sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream, and thus helps in controlling diabetes.

(8) Good For Liver And Kidneys

Golden berries have been found to be very useful for maintaining the health of our vital organs like Liver and kidneys.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly because of the presence of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibers etc. in them.

The dietary fibers present in the golden berries act as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement and ensures smooth elimination of toxins and other impurities from our system.

When toxins are removed from system efficiently, it reduces the burden on kidneys and thus helps in keeping them healthy.

The water content of golden berries also plays a significant role in removing toxins from our body.

Similarly, golden berries are also rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C, and as well as “withanolides”, that fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells and tissues.

The antioxidant benefit of golden berries has been found to be associated with reducing liver scarring and for preventing liver degeneration.

Golden berries are diuretic to some extent ( because of the abundance of water in it), and can increase the frequency of urination, and allows our kidneys to get rid of toxins, excessive salts, and other impurities from the system in an efficient manner.

(9) Good For Our Eyes

Our eyes are our window to the world, as they allow us to enjoy the beauty of this world. It is therefore important for us to take good care of our eyes, and golden berries have been found to be very beneficial in doing the same.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and other relevant compounds in them.

The antioxidants present in the golden berries fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our eyes, and reduces the risk of age related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma etc.

The Vitamin A present in the golden berries is a vital nutrient for our eyes and helps in keeping our vision sharp.

(10) Make Our Immune System Stronger

Our Immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy as its fights with the disease causing pathogens like bacteria, virus etc. from invading our system, and thus provides protection against fever, flu, cold, cough etc.

And, even when we get sick, it is the immune system that fights with the disease causing microbes and make us healthy again.

It is therefore important for us to take good care of our immune system, and golden berries have been found to be very beneficial in making our immune system stronger.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and other relevant compounds like polyphenols in them.

The antioxidants present in the golden berries fight against the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, including the white blood cells, that forms the backbone of our immune system.

By protecting our immune system from the oxidative damage, it strengthens it and thus reduces the risk of cold, cough, flu etc.

In addition to this, other nutrients like vitamins, minerals etc. also plays a significant role in keeping us healthy.

(11) Keep Our Cholesterol Level Under Control

Consuming golden berries on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial in managing our cholesterol level.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly because of the presence of dietary fibers in them.

The dietary fibers present in the golden berries not only improves bowel movement, but aids in lowering the level of bad LDL cholesterol from our system, and increases the level of good LDL cholesterol.

By doing so, it prevents our arteries from getting clogged by plaque etc. and thus reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.

It also helps in keeping our cardiovascular system and reduces the risk of heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.

(12) Improves Cognitive Functions

Eating golden berries on a regular and moderate basis has also been found to be very beneficial for keeping our nervous system healthy and for improving our cognitive functions.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and other antioxidantal compounds like polyphenols in them.

The antioxidants present in the golden berries fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our brain cells, and thus helps in keeping our nervous system healthy.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized, so, they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them.

By protecting our brain and the nervous system from the oxidative damage, golden berries plays an important role in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, Amnesia etc.

In addition to this, other nutrients present in the golden berries also plays a significant role in improving our brain health.

(13) Good For Digestive System

Eating golden berries on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy.

This benefit of golden berries is mainly due to the presence of dietary fibers in them.

The dietary fibers present in the golden berries act as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement and ensures smooth elimination of waste from our system.

By doing so, it not only provides relief from constipation but also reduces the risk of other digestive problems like abdominal pain, intestinal gas, bloating, flatulence etc.

 

Reference(s)

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/golden-berries.html

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-golden-berries/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis_peruviana

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

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