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Inca (Golden) Berries (Vits A, C, E, K1, B1, B2, B3) 500g

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Inca (Golden) Berries (Vits A, C, E, K1, B1, B2, B3) 500g

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Incan berries are native to Amazonian regions of South America, where they have been a traditional source of food and medicine for centuries. Indeed, these small, yellow/orange berries, which are slightly larger than raisins, pack a mighty punch, and contain an impressive selection of valuable nutrients, including vegetable protein, vitamins C. And Incan berries, which are gently sun-dried once fully ripe, are literally crammed with crunchy, lemon-flavoured seeds that lend them a surprisingly delicious, sweet and sour flavour.

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Dried Inca Berries / Golden Berry - 500g
Inca berry (Physalis peruviana) is not a true berry. It’s in the tomato family, and closely related to the ground tomato known as tomatillo. Tomatoes are nightshades, a large group of plants that also includes potatoes, eggplants, and golden berries. Called “aguaymanto” in Peru, golden berries look like small yellow tomatoes. Now golden berries are making their way in to American health food stores as the newest super food. 


These beautiful little fruits are native to the Andes of South America where they grow profusely. They especially like to trail among rows of native corn where little children pick them to supplement family nutrition. When ripe, the outer shell is discarded and only the bright yellow-orange fruit is eaten. They taste moderately sweet, with a slight citrusy tang. Gathered wild, they are eaten fresh and are also made into a preserved commercial jam, but with lots of sugar added. 

Though new to the market in the U.S., golden berries have a long history of exportation and use in Europe, the Middle East, and China. In the 1800s, they were first brought to Europe and later commercially cultivated in South Africa, where they are called Cape gooseberries, and where they fast became a staple commodity. 
It took another 100 years for Inca berries to make it to the United States. Here, they are known as Incan golden berry or Pichuberry, named after Machu Picchu, and marketed as a Peruvian super food. 

Low in Calories
Golden berries only have about 53 calories per 100 grams, the amount of a typical serving. They contain vitamins A, C, E, K1, B1, B2, and B3, as well as fatty acids and phytosterols. Trace amounts of calcium and iron, plus other minerals, are also found in golden berries. But their claim as a super food does not come from their nutritional value. 

High in Antioxidants
This unique fruit has specialized antioxidants including polyphenols and carotenoids, qualifying it as a super food useful for their anti-inflammatory and other healing qualities. The berries may have liver and kidney protective properties. A recent study found golden berry extract improved kidney function after renal injury. Apparently, their unique antioxidant power is the key to their healing value. 

Healing Power of Withanolides
The primary compound in golden berries that seem to do the healing are a group of naturally occurring steroidal lactones called “withanolides.” The entire plant, not just the fruit, contains withanolides. Four main withanolides have been isolated from the plant, along with the discovery of nine previously unknown withanolides. 
Withanolides are also what gives Ashwagandha its value as an adaptogenic healing plant. Considerable research has been conducted on Ashwagandha, often termed Indian ginseng, because of its benefits to the endocrine system. The withanolides in golden berries are considered to have beneficial effects.

Possible healing properties of Inca Berries

  • Antioxidant effects.
  • Counters bacteria.
  • Kidney protective effects.
  • Liver protective effects.
  • Lowers fever.
  • Lowers blood sugar.
  • Modulates immune function.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Weight loss benefits.

A New Super Food
Golden berries with their high antioxidant value and low sugar content can play a role in low calorie and diabetic diets and products. Their nutrient value adds benefits to salads, yogurt, and cooked dishes. 
Though essential fatty acids only make up 2% of the fruit, the oil content is mostly linoleic acid. Its low saturated acid and high phytosterol content make it useful for those on cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering diets. 

The natural sugar content is mainly sucrose. It is very low in fructose, and with only 0.5% sucrose, it’s a tasty source of nutrition while on weight loss diets.  Like many Amazonian and Andean plant foods, golden berries are loaded with vitamin C. There is more vitamin C in this exotic fruit than in pears, pineapples, or plums, and only slightly less than citrus fruits.

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  • Inca Berries - 100% Natural.
  • Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free. 
  • Organic at source = Our supplier has certified them organic, but Ancient Purity does not register its products as organic. We add nothing and take nothing out. 

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Consume as desired.

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  • Size: 500g
  • Container: Machine Sealed BPA-FREE Plastic Pouch.
  • Storage: Store in a cool dry place out of reach of children.
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 1 year.

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