Shakeology Superfood Ingredients: Spotlight On Coffee Fruit

June 15, 2016

 

Coffee Fruit as a supplement was first thought about after noticing that coffee pickers hands did not age as rapidly as the rest of their bodies, and the coffee pickers appeared younger and healthier than others. The theory behind this was that the coffee berry juice that got on their hands (and that they ate) while picking coffee contained powerful antioxidants. Investigations showed that this was correct.

 

Over the past few years though, coffee fruit has been the subject of a great deal of talk in natural food circles with claims of it providing far greater antioxidant benefits than other “superfruits.” Many of the claims are based on a scoring method used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) which measures the total antioxidant power of foods and beverages. Utilizing this method, coffee fruit is often found to provide 30-40 times the benefit of fruits like acai and pomegranate per gram. WOW!

 

Health Benefits
 

For more than a decade, researchers have been investigating the natural substances in this fruit and found that it includes a wealth of polyphenols – compounds that can defend your body against illness, and support important metabolic processes.

 

British Journal of Nutrition shows that consuming coffee fruit can increase your internal supply of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) — a substance crucial for the brain’s ability to form neural circuits and preserve memory functions. Researchers believe that improving your BDNF supply may potentially lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, reduce your chances of depression and possibly help you avoid obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

 

Various studies have even shown that coffee fruit has a higher density of antioxidants than strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate, and tea. 

 

The most natural way to intake these coffee cherries, of course, is straight from the bush. And since that’s not an option for those of us who don’t live in, say, Hawaii, Shakeology has taken the entire fruit and laced it into the healthiest meal of the day! That's FANTASTIC news for us! Side note: it is among my favorite flavors and my husband's FAVORITE. AND? No more caffeine in it than the chocolate Shakeology!

 

Summary of Possible Health Benefits:
  • Anti-Aging

  • Immune booster

  • Lowers risk of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Reduces risk of obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Lowers chance of depression

  • Antioxidant

  • Cancer-fighting compounds

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Cheers to Happy and Healthy Living!

 

 

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