Incorporating a large variety of fruits into your diet is essential for balancing nutrients and strengthening many areas of your body. Fruits are powerful and fight disease from forming and spreading within you body. Here are 20 fruits for good health:
Source: Natural Healthy Concepts
Raspberry – Rich in ellagic acid and antioxidants. May help prevent cervical, esophageal and colon cancer. Raspberry ketone extract may boost metabolism to help burn fat.
Blackberry – Color comes from antioxidant anthocyanin which may reduce risk of stroke and cancer. Extract may stop growth of lung cancer cells. The ancient Greeks called them “gout-berries” and used them to treat gout symptoms.
Grape – Contains resveratol, an anti-oxidant that helps reduce blood pressure and lowers the risk of blood clots. May also help stop the spread of breast, stomach and colon cancer cells. Freeze and use as ice cubes in your favorite drink!
Mango – High in antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help protect vision and reduce the risk of blindness in adults. Eat them ripe for dessert or unripe for a sour, crunchy addition to your salad.
Grapefruit – Comtains lycopene and flavonoids, which may help protect against some types of cancer. Has pectin, a soluble fibre that may help lower cholesterol levels.
Pineapple – Contains a natural enzyme called bromelain, which breaks down protein and helps aid digestion. Bromelain may also help prevent blood clots, inhibit growth of cancer cells and speed wound healing.
Kiwi – Has more vitamin C than oranges and can help in the development and maintenance of bones, cartiage, teeth and gums. Can also help lower blood triglyceride levels. Kiwis can actually be eaten whole – skin and all.
Banana – With 422 milligrams of potassium per banana, these sweet delights may help lower blood pressure levels. People with rubber latex allergies may also be allergic to bananas.
Strawberry – Rich in many antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties, including helping to prevent antheroclerosis (hardened arteries) & to supress the progression of cancerous tumours.
Watermelon – Made up of 92% water, making it aptly named. It’s a great addition to any weight-loss diet because it is low in calories. The rind and seeds are both edible.
Apple – Contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which may help lower risk of developing diabetes and asthma. Also a natural mouth freshener that cleans your teeth. The viramins lie just beneath the skin.
Pear – Much of the fiber found in pears is soluable, which can help prevent contipation. Soluble fiber may also help reduce blood cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease.
Tomato – Best souce of lycopene, a potent antioxidant that may help reduce cholesterol levels and protect against advanced-stage prostate cancer. Cook with oil to provide more lycopene than the tomatoes alone.
Avocado – Has twice as much potassium as a banana. The healthy monosaturated fats can help lower cholesterol levels. Babies could live on avocado due to the high fat content that helps with normal infant growth and development
Cherry – Contains more of the potent antioxidant anthocyanin that any other fruit. May help reduce inflammation and ease the pain of arthritis and gout. Nuch of the vitamin C is lost when they are heated.
Lemon – Help prevent diabetes, contipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion and many other health problems. Lemonade or lemon juice can cure kidney stones by forming urinary citate, which can prevent formation of crystals.
Orange – High in folate, helping to prevent neural tube defects, contains a phytochemical called hesperidin, which may lower triglyceride and blood cholesterol levels. The while part of the rind is edible and full of viramin C!