Health Benefits of Caperberries are still under study but recently researchers have produced an impressive list of their potential benefits. Some of the health benefits of caper berries are underway, stick to us. But before the benefits of caper berries, do you really know what are capper berries?
Caperberries grow in dry regions or rocky soils. These conditions result in the development of high levels of an antioxidant called polyphenols. Polyphenol protects their flower buds from high levels of ultraviolet radiation, high temperature as well as drought.
All these tough conditions result in information of polyphenols, kaempferol, quercetin, and rutin.
What are Caperberries & Capers?
Capers are actually the flower buds of the plant, which are unripened, white in colour with a striking fragrant. After buds are ripened, they are picked. The Size of the caperberries is of chickpeas.
After some time the larger fruits are ready, which looks like olive oil. They can be dried and salted or pickled.
They can not be eaten just after picking. The preservation can be done in vinegar or brine. Once done, they develop a salty and sour flavour and this sour taste is due to the capric acid formation during preservation.
There isn’t any technology to pick the caper buds, the only way is to pick by hands, which is why they are rare and very expensive.
In some countries like the United States and France, the smallest ones are the most prized ones, because of their flavour.
Most of the Capers as well the Caper Berries, all come from countries like Morocco, Spain, Italy and surprisingly in Northern Areas of Pakistan (Gilgit-Baltistan).
Mostly the people of Gilgit-Baltistan collect the berries and preserve this and make pickle and consume as a vegetable dish. Outside all these regions, it’s very hard to grow or found, which is why this is so expensive.
What do they taste like?
To preserve capers, they are pickled and brine. This is the only way to preserve them. Due to this, they are salty and sour in taste. They can be marinated for months and years in brine or vinegar solution.
Health Benefits of Caperberries
The Health benefits of caperberries are numerous, including pizza topping, pasta sauces, salads, steamed lentils, roasted potatoes, with fish, chicken, and many more hundreds of recipes, you can use.
With all these recipes flavours of capers mesh with them. Comparing capers with caperberries, capers are more acidic and caperberries have a milder flavour, which makes caperberries edible on their own.
Where I can find them?
In stores, you can find jarred capers, in countries like United States, Canada, and European countries but if you want them in Pakistan, you have to visit Gilgit-Baltistan in the month of March, April.
It’s a hard job to pick capers and caper berries. So, you need to prepare yourself mentally as well as you should have a number of caperberry pickers.
Let’s talk about some more health benefits of Caperberries
As we have mentioned earlier the potential benefits are enormous like antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial and also anti-ageing properties.
Capers have a high content of polyphenol and this was recognized recently by researchers. As we have mentioned earlier the potential benefits are enormous like antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial and also anti-ageing properties.
- Capers for weight loss: capers are responsible for inhibiting the effects of pancreatic lipase which is an intestinal enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for digesting dietary fat. This is due to high rutin content and researchers are still investigating its weight loss activity.
- Highest dietary source of Quercetin: This is the main ingredient in Capers responsible for anti-inflammatory properties. other than anti-inflammatory properties, it’s best for asthma and anti-ageing.
When you search for the highest quercetin foods, Capers will be on top of the list.
- Capers for cancer protection: In some parts of the world, like China, cancer is treated with the caper. Capers have also anti-tumour properties.
We all know that mitochondria generate energy for the cell. A protein in capers is anticancer, antiviral and also anti-fungal.
- Capers for diabetes: Caperberries can treat type 2 diabetes by lowering fasting blood glucose levels. The antioxidants found in Capers reduce blood levels of glycosylated haemoglobin (HgA1c). people who consume capers can also improve triglyceride levels in diabetic conditions.
In a study conducted in Iran, 55 patients participated, who had type 2 diabetes.
The half group received capper supplements and the other half received a placebo. At the end of the research, they reported:
“Results showed a significant decrease in fasting blood glucose levels and glycosylated haemoglobin in caper treated patients compared to control group at the end of the study.
Triglyceride level also decreased significantly in caper treated group at the end of the study compared to baseline. No liver, kidney and other side effects observed in these two groups.”
- Capers for cholesterol: The extracts from capers also lowers the bad LDL cholesterol, as well as raised triglycerides and improve overall lipid balance.
- Capers for arthritis: Capers and their berries have anti-inflammatory properties. They can relieve the pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis and pain.
Caper extracts are good for their protective effect on joint cartilage cells.
- Capers for memory: A study has also shown that capers have positive effects on brain health, like improving learning and memory.
- Liver protectant: Capers have P-Anisic acid. This acid has antiseptic qualities. It protects against liver damage. Some of the compounds found in capers help with liver health.
- Antibacterial: Caperberries have an antibacterial effect as well but like cancer.
One study has found that it can inhibit the growth of H-Pylora bacteria. Which cause stomach infection most of the time.
- Antiviral: extracts from capers are also responsible for interfering with the replication of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
- Studied for scleroderma: CREST syndrome is is an autoimmune disease and also known as Progressive systemic schlederone. The body forms very hard connective tissues.
As a result, the skin thickens and cause injuries to arteries caused by excess type 1 collagen.
How to add capers and caper berries to your diet?
Capers are the perfect accompaniment to pizza, pasta sauces, salads, fish, chicken, and much more. Capers are also an integral part of sauces. With some foods like potato salad and smoked salmon, they go very well. You can try this recipe as well.
(This content including advice provides common information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. JOLTYOURBUDS does not claim responsibility for this information.)