Cape Gooseberries belong to the Ribes genus along with the currants and are small orange berry fruits.They are also known as the golden berries,Inca berries or ground berries and were first cultivated in the Cape of Good Hope South Africa .
They are rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, A,iron,calcium,phosphorus,polyphenols,anthocyanins.
Some health benefits of this fruit include:.
*They contain vitamin C in plenty and are therefore a good immune system booster hence prevention of various infections.It also helps in the production of collagen which is important for a healthy and radiant skin.
*They are rich in vitamin A which is important for proper eyesight and also contain iron which is a good vision booster and the prevention of cateracts and age related macular degeneration.
*They can help control blood pressures in the body and also ensure a healthy heart as they are rich in polyphenols,carotenoids and pectin fiber.
*They are rich in calcium and phosphorus which are important for a healthy and strong bone network.
*They can be of immense benefit to diabetics as they are rich in soluble fibre and can also aid in weight loss as they are low in fat and calories.
*They have powerful anti inflammatory properties due to the presence of antioxidants in them.
*They are a natural source of organic acids which help reduce the accumulation of iron in cells which if high cause free radicals,thus helping in reducing the rates of brain degeneration and the risk of diseases like Alzheimer's.
*They have powerful anti cancer properties due to their richness in antioxidants which help fight cancer causing free radicals in the body.
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