Get To Know Your Fruits
Want to know more about what you are eating? What are the health benefits? what are the key nutrients? Read on to find out more about all the different ways you can nourish your body with a rainbow of fruits and how to use food to improve your health.
Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, the apple helps to protect the body against harmful effects of free radicals. It's vitamin C content is also high which further helps support this further, as well as increasing resistance to infections.
Apple slices turn brown on air exposure. This can be significantly reduced by dipping them in a cup of water with a few drops of fresh lemon juice.
Apples are listed as one most contaminated fruits with pesticide residues with non-organic farming methods.
Apricots are high in vitamin A, C and carotene, which makes them beneficial for vision, reducing the risk of lung and oral cancers, and boosting the immune system. They are also great sources of calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese which makes them great for boosting cell function which is important in regulating the heart and blood pressure.
When picking apricots, look for those with a deep hue. Light coloured skin is a sign that the fruit has been picked too early. Sun dried apricots are denser in their nutrients but loose a large amount of their vitamin C. They are also often treated with sulphur to reduce oxidation and extend their shelf life - however this can cause some asthmatics and others with similar lung conditions to notice an increase in their symptoms so it is always preferable to search for those that haven't been treated.
Bananas are a brilliant energy food with its easily digestible fructose and sucrose combined with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Their high B6 along with the potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese helps reduce neuritis, increase red blood cell production and reduce anaemia, and also helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease as well as stroke.
Bananas are also known to reduce constipation problems because of their soluble fibre content.
Bananas are amongst the least contaminated with the use of pesticides.
These gorgeous shiny tart little berries are a pure powerhouse for vitamin C - they contain four times as much as oranges. Alongside this they are high in antioxidants and anthrocyanins which make them fantastic for improving your immune system function.
Blueberries are one of the best fruits for the amount of antioxidants contained. By helping get rid of free radicals, they help to protect the body from cancer, chronic diseases, infections and slow the signs of ageing. The chlorogenic acid within these berries also helps to lower blood sugar levels and has been shown to help control glucose levels of type II diabetics. As well as a good mix of vitamins, they are also abundant in minerals including potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc which help boost red cell production and heart function amongst other roles.
Coconuts are one of the most excellent foods you can add in to your diet. They are antibacterial, antifungal and anti parasitic, so they are able to kill parasites, viruses, bacterial infections and fungal infections so it has been found as being helpful in combating even some of the most difficult to treat problems such as flu, lice, herpes, tapeworms, bronchitis and many more. As well as having plenty of fibre, and an array of vitamins and minerals, the coconut water has the same electrolyte level as human plasma and has even been used successfully as a plasma transfusion. Coconut oil can be both eaten and applied topically as has been shown to be effective in helping treat eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Coconuts are high in protein and fatty acids and have even been shown to increase the body's ability to absorb calcium and magnesium, which it also contains, thereby helping in osteoporosis management. Although there have been concerns that the large amount saturated fat may be harmful but actually it has been found to reduce cholesterol and reduce the chance of heart disease.
Plums are particularly high in dietary fibre; their sorbitol and isatin have been found to help in constipation problems. They are also high in antioxidants including zeaxanthin, lutein and cryptoxanthin. This combination particularly help with UV filtering abilities within the eye. They contain a modest mix of many vitamins as well as being high in potassium and iron which will especially help with blood formation, clotting and blood pressure regulation. The high vitamin K has also been suggested to aid in limiting neuron damage in Alzheimer's disease.