Goldenberry (Physalis Peruviana), aka aguayamanto or inca berry, is a yellow fruit native of the Peruvian Andes that also grows in Colombia and Ecuador and even in South Africa where it’s known as Cape gooseberry. It comes from the Solanaceae family (as Ashwagandha) and it’s considered a super-fruit because of its powerful anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antioxidant properties that boost the immune system, help to detoxify the body, prevent viral infections, aid in minimizing cellular aging and lowering stress, anxiety, physical and mental fatigue and depression.
- Vitamin C-packed: along with other super berries, like camu camu, açai and maqui (all ingredients in our BLOOM superpowder), goldenberries are a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital to support immunity and cognitive function, protect blood, bones, ligaments and tendons, reduce inflammation and promote collagen production in the skin. Natural vitamin C, obtained from whole plant-based options such as camu camu and goldenberry, is more beneficial than synthetically created ascorbic acid or “sodium ascorbate” supplements. When used in high doses, lab-created ascorbic acid is a highly unstable substance and a pro-oxidant (the opposite of an antioxidant) that can lead to the formation of kidney stones as the body is not able to recognize it and absorb it correctly. On the contrary, natural vitamin C has a complete structure of compounds including bioflavonoids and enzymes that boost its bioavailability, making it easily recognizable by the body and effectively utilized.
- Source of melatonin and whitanolides: goldenberry is a natural, food-based source of melatonin –a hormonal substance that helps to improve sleep and reduce neurodegenerative diseases– and withanolides –the natural steroids that are the main active compounds in the widely used adaptogen Ashwagandha–. Withanolides have a wide range of health properties including adaptogenic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, sedative/anxiolytic, cytotoxic, antitussive, and immunomodulatory. As adaptogens, they help the body adapt to stress by improving the health of the adrenal system. This, in turn, can reduce feelings of anxiety and irritability. Over time, adaptogens have been linked to better emotional well-being.
Because of its multiple health benefits, we have included aguayamanto in our BLOOM antioxidant superpowder to support the adrenal system, lower stress and boost immunity. We consciously source this ingredient from Cajamarca in the Peruvian Andes where it’s harvested at maximum potency and immediately freeze dried to maintain its qualities and nutrients until it reaches your body.