Acai berry: Not only full of antioxidants, but also called the "beauty berry" because it helps you have healthy skin, hair and nails.
Noni fruit: Supports your digestive system.
Mangosteen: Fights infection and fatigue.
Black currant: Extraordinarily high vitamin C content -- 302 percent of the daily value -- and contains a variety of other phytochemicals and polyphenols/anthocyanins.
Blueberries: Enhances red blood cell resistance to oxidative stress and helps vision.
Strawberries: Linked to lowering of LDL (bad cholesterol).
Now, even though some fruits aren't awarded the super-fruit distinction, they are still worth keeping on your kitchen counter.
Bananas: Great source for potassium, which can lower high blood pressure and prevent muscle spasms. Also high in vitamin B6 and lutein that lowers the risk of cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Apples: Full of soluble and insoluble fiber, apples contain vitamin C and beta carotene with enzymes that aid in digestion.
Grapes: High in vitamins B and C. Red grapes are linked to the prevention of cancer and heart disease because of a phytochemical called resveratrol.
Citrus: Oranges, lemons, limes and tangerines have a full day's worth of vitamin C and lots of fiber. Vitamin C can boost your immune system, fight cancer and lower the risk of heart disease.
Fruits and vegetables, whether considered super or ordinary, will always serve you well. Nearly everyone can benefit from eating more of them, but variety is as important as quantity. No single fruit or vegetable is best or can provide all of the nutrients you need to be healthy. Always choose the fruit over the fruit juice because juice is higher in calories, lower in fiber and usually more expensive. Plus we don't always know what is added to or subtracted from a juice.
Try to fit more fruits and vegetables into your day. They should be part of every meal and make a perfectly portable snack. Keep fruits out on your counter in full view, and you'll be more likely to eat them. Enjoy all the new choices of super-fruits, life is no longer just a bowl of cherries.
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified coordinator/instructor since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311 or e-mail cindys...@aol.com. Look for Cindy's award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her Web site, www.cindysays.com, or contact the YMCA at 304-340-3527.