Antioxidant Levels of Indigenous South African Fruit

© Louise Brodie
An interesting study evaluated ten indigenous South African fruits for their antioxidant activity and compared the results with blueberry and cranberry. The antioxidant potency were from high to low: Wild plum, wild olive, Cape sumach, blueberry, Christmas berry, cross berry, waterberry, cranberry, tortoise berry, bietou, num-num and sour fig.
Antioxidant-rich blueberry and cranberry ranked 5th and 9th respectively. It was shown that by eating as little as 25 g of wild plum, waterberry, num num or sour fig can boost daily antioxidant intake. All of these fruits are traditionally eaten by rural communities in South Africa.
Antioxidants benefit the body by neutralizing and removing free radicals from the blood. Increasing antioxidants in your diet can protect the body against heart, eye and memory problems as well as mood disorders and reduce the risk of infections.

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By Marinda Louw