What are the healthiest fruits?
We all become excited when it is that time of year, summer. We get to show off some skin and spend time outdoors in the warm, sunny weather. Let’s not forget the best part of summer is the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Yes, we can get them trucked in from around the world all year long but there is nothing like farm fresh. In the summer they’re fresh, plentiful and all filled with amazing health benefits.
Let’s look at some of the healthiest fruits that summer brings us.
Did you know this fruit is 92% water? Watermelon tastes like summer and smells even better. It helps give you a sense of fullness, because it is a hydrating food. Which means you curb your hunger and eat less. Not only can contribute to weight loss it also can work wonders in promoting heart health. It does this lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
In addition, they contain high amounts of antioxidants, such as lycopene. This fights against the damages of free radicals. Lycopene has been shown to reduce the risk of some digestive cancers. Vitamins, C, A and B6 are also plentiful in watermelon. The best part? It’s 44 calories per cup!
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant found in tomatoes, in high quantities. Studies have shown that tomatoes help fight against high blood pressure levels. The substance surrounding the seeds contains salicylates, which prevent clotting of the blood. This helps reduce the risk of stroke.
Nerve and brain tissues, are preserved by tomatoes. They also promote the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein in the skin and joints, and the amount in the body can decrease with age. Have adequate collagen helps keep your skin wrinkle-free while reducing the appearance of fine lines. It also helps maintain joint health and mobility.
There are studies show that men who regularly consume tomato-based foods are less likely to suffer from prostate cancer.
Peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots are a family of fruits known as stone fruit. We are all aware they are colorful, juicy and delicious. But are you aware of the health benefits? Stone fruits help protect against several diseases related to blood sugar and the cardiovascular system.
For skin that is bright and glowing the beta-carotene in peaches will help. They are also loaded with essential minerals, like iron, potassium. Peaches provide a good helping of vitamins A and C. Colon health is aided by their high fiber content.
Plums are a good source of phytochemicals, which helps prevent damage to DNA. This helps to reduce the risk of many diseases and health conditions. Prunes can also help ward off bone loss, due to their high levels of potassium and vitamin K.
Apricots are rich in vitamin A, which is important for eye health. They are also high in potassium.
Loaded with folate, potassium, and vitamin C, this versatile summer vegetable helps regulate blood pressure and contains antioxidants that protect cells from damage. A cup of shredded zucchini can be incorporated into any dish, sweet or salty.
And since zucchinis contain 95% water, they’re low in calories, have zero fat and cholesterol, and are rich in nutrients. One cup of shredded zucchini provides you with 35% of your daily vitamin C needs, and is only 20 calories.
Pineapples assist in digestion. They contain bromelain, an enzyme that helps in the breakdown of protein. This breakdown must occur before protein can be absorbed into the body.
Pineapples are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, which can cause harmful effects on the body. Exposure to free radicals increases the risk of inflammatory disease. Pineapples are also high in Vitamin C and manganese.
The color of these round, succulent fruits have several health benefits. They have the powerful benefits of antioxidants which provide protection against heart disease. Cherries have high levels of pectin which helps balance blood cholesterol levels. Cherries are also great health-boosters since they contain melatonin, which is known as the “sleep hormone.”
Melatonin is secreted naturally by the body during the night, but foods rich in melatonin can help induce a restful sleep. Moreover, melatonin helps with the conversion process of turning fat cells, which collect under our skin and around our organs, into brown fat cells, which work at burning calories instead of storing them.
Grapes both red and green, are very healthy. Both are rich in vitamins and phytocompounds that can decrease inflammation and lower your risk of disease. Their high antioxidant content is what makes them stand out. They’re also packed with antioxidants and inflammatory properties. The anthocyanins and resveratrol in grapes have both been shown to reduce inflammation. Like watermelon, grapes are high in water and very hydrating. This again helps make you feel full and satisfies hunger. They also help protect against disease, such as Type 2 diabetes.
Also, animal studies suggest that the plant compounds in grapes may help protect your heart, eyes, joints and brain.
Strawberries are highly nutritious. Their vitamine C, manganese, folate and potasium comtents are where they really shine.
Compared to other fruits, strawberries have a relatively low glycemic index. Eating them shouldn’t cause a big blood sugar spike.
Similar to other berries, strawberries have a high antioxidant capacity, which may reduce your risk of inflammation, and chronic disease.
Animal and test-tube studies have found that strawberries may also help prevent cancer and tumor formation.
Strawberries are rich in several nutrients and antioxidants. Eating them may help control your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of some diseases.
What are the healthiest fruits?
Summer time is fun and it can also be the healthiest time of year. Actually the healthiest fruits are the ones you get as fresh as possible. The less time between the harvest and consumption the more nutrient abailable. So get outside, visit your local farmers market and get there freshiest fruit you can. Better yet, take a drive and see if you can find a local “you pick it” farm. I have been surprised at the palaces I have seen them.
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