Incredible Health Benefits Of Yumberry!
There are so many exotic fruits on planet Earth that you may actually lose count of them. Many of them are rare and relatively unknown but have several health benefits to offer. One such fruit is the yumberry. There is ‘yum’ in its name itself! It is also called red bayberry. It is a subtropical fruit which is native to China. The fruit is red on the outside and has a juicy and slight acidic flavour. It can be eaten fresh, canned or dried. Yumberry is difficult to find as it is too delicate to be exported fresh. Perhaps you have a slight chance of getting it frozen. The fruit is rich in antioxidants as well as a phytochemicals. It has a range of health benefits to offer.
It is low in calories
Berries are usually low in calories and yumberry is no different. So, if you are looking for a something low in calories to satisfy your sweet-tooth, yumberries are the best thing for you. A yumberry has 6 calories, so this means that eating 16 yumberries makes a filling 100 calorie snack. Snacking on the wrong foods is the main reason why obesity has become so prevalent. Obesity is affecting billions all over the globe and is no longer the lifestyle disease of the western world. What should you do to protect yourself? You need to find low calorie healthy foods that are also filling in order to maintain a healthy body weight.
It is good for heart health
Yumberries are not just low in calories but are rich in nutrients. Yumberries are packed with antioxidant vitamins- vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Antioxidants fight free radical damage and protect healthy cells of the body. This is helpful in preventing heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. The antioxidants present in yumberry also help in counteracting inflammation that is associated with the build-up of plague alond the walls of the artery. This offers extra cardiovascular protection.
Provides you with folate
Folate is one of the B-vitamins and yumberries are a good source of the same. A single yumberry contains 3.4 micrograms of folate. A 100 calorie serving of yumberries has 54 micrograms. You must be wondering why we need folate. Well, you need it for the formation of DNA and it is essential for women of childbearing age in order to prevent birth defects. An adult needs 400 micrograms of folate in a day and an expecting mother needs 600 micrograms a day.
Contains cancer protective compound
The main compound responsible for the deep red color of the yumberry fruit is cyanidin-3-glucoside. It is known to offer protection from cancer, in particular skin cancer. According to a study done on mice, cyanidin-3-glucoside is known to prevent the damage caused by UVB and also inhibit the inflammation of the skin. This study, may be promising but more research needs to be done and it has to found out whether the same can be applied to humans.
Wasn’t it good to know about the yumberry fruit? If the berry is more readily available in India, it would have been good.
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