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Benefits of Red Fruits

Red fruits contain phytochemical such as lycopene and anthocyanins which helps our body to fight several diseases.

Source : Momenzz.com / 12 Apr 2013

Red fruits  have great health benefits. They are known to protect from various health conditions including prevention of cardiovascular diseases and reduction of cancer risks. The color red has long been associated with strength, health and passion. The red group of Fruits are rich in iron and potassium.

They also contain phytochemical such as lycopene and anthocyanins which helps our body to fight several diseases. These phytochemicals in the red group of fruits have unique anti aging and cancer protecting functions. Red fruits are great for the immune system and can help when one is weak, anemic and are vulnerable to Viruses.

Varieties of red fruits are powerful anti-oxidants, which can help ward off inflammation, prevent urinary tract infections and reduce the risk of certain cancers. As a result, Experts suggest that people should try to eat red fruits twice every day. Here we introduce some typical kinds of red fruits along with its distinctive features and functions:

WATERMELON

Watermelon is high in fiber, vitamins A and C, and is a good source of potassium. Research shows that watermelon is a necessary addition to our healthy diet and that all parts of the watermelon, including the seeds and rind, are edible and healthy to our body. Watermelon juice contains a variety of important chemical constituents which are beneficial to our health and beauty of the skin. These nutrients are easily absorbed by the face skin, with the good effects of moisturizing, nourishing, sun-protecting, and whitening of the skin. Aside from its cancer-fighting lycopene, watermelon is high in vitamins A, C, B1 and B6. Watermelon is a good source of potassium, folic acid.

The beautiful red watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant which is called lycopene. These antioxidants travel throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause much damage to us. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to hearty attack or stroke. The lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red color that we find in watermelon can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer.

Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Food experts recommend watermelon as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1 and magnesium. Because of its higher water content approximately ninety percent and calorie value it is ranked more valuable than other fruits.

Watermelon has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body.The antioxidants help reducing the severity of asthma. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer.Watermelon is fat free but helps energy production. It protects against macular degeneration.

Choose symmetrical watermelons with dried stems and yellowish undersides that are heavy for size. Store whole watermelons at room temperature. Refrigerate cut watermelons in an airtight container for use within 5 days.

STRAWBERRY

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. This heart shaped fruit is also a very good source of dietary fiber and iodine and a good source of potassium, folate, vitamin K and magnesium.Strawberry is a wonder fruit. It is rich in antioxidants and helps in preventing cardiovascular diseases, cancer and also helps in delaying aging. Strawberries are also rich in vitamins and minerals and are low in calories. During the season when strawberries are widely available, make a point to include it as a part of your daily food intake considering the enormous health benefits that the strawberries have.

Studies suggest that the high antioxidant levels in the strawberries can help neutralize the negative effects of free radicals in your system. Antioxidants also boost the immune system and help keep off diseases like cold and flu.

Strawberries are also used to whiten teeth. The acids in the fruit are said to help remove stains from the teeth. Cut a strawberry into half and rub it on your teeth and gums. This removes tartar and strengthens and heals the gums. Leave the juice on the teeth for a while and then gargle with warm water.

Did you know that strawberries are beneficial in lowering the risk of heart attack? Yes, strawberries are rich in potassium, a mineral that helps regulate the electrolytes in your body, thereby lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Strawberries also contain folate, a key ingredient in the manufacture of red blood cells.

Though you can eat strawberries by adding them in a number of foods, but it is more beneficial if you eat them raw. Start your morning breakfast by eating strawberries along with your morning cereal, this will give your energy a boost for the whole day.Strawberries are virtually fat free, therefore they are ideal and perfect food for your diet. Studies suggest that one cup of strawberries contain only 0.6 grams of fat. They suppress your appetite and stimulate your metabolism, they also help keep your weight reducing hormones functioning properly.

Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Because of this quality it is helpful in fighting some forms of cancer and also helps to control bad cholesterol.

APPLE

Fresh, crisp apples are an excellent source of phytochemicals, a good source of vitamin C and fiber as well as vitamin B and potassium. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that helps keep the blood vessels healthy, aids in the absorption of iron and protects the body’s cells from damage. The health benefits of fiber include prevention of constipation, aiding in weight loss and lowering your risk of digestive conditions.

An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.Drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain.Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fibre foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells.

The consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent.Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fibre, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.

The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fibre intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries.

Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fibre found in apples can help to treat constipation as well as diarrheoa. Fibre can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.It also helps to prevent gallstones.

We’re constantly consuming toxins, whether it is from drinks or food, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. Many doctors are skeptical of fad detox diets, saying they have the potential to do more harm than good. Luckily,one of the best—and easiest—things you can eat to help detoxify your liver is fruits—like apples.

Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.People who have a diet rich in fruits that contain antioxidants—like apples—are 10 to 15 per cent less likely to develop cataracts.

Choose fully ripened apples for the most antioxidants. Look for firm fruits with rich coloring and intact stems that smell fresh. Store apples in the refrigerator and enjoy a sweet, crunchy, whole apple at least 2-3 times each week. Use within 3 weeks.

CRANBERRY

Cranberries are among the top foods with proven health benefits, according to Amy Howell, a researcher at Rutgers University.Cranberries are full of antioxidants, which protects cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals.

According to the pharmacopoeia records in United States, cranberry is the best fruit to deal with cystitis and urinary tract infection. According to the studies, the effect of cranberry comes from a unique “phenyl peroxide”, which has the similar effect of vaccine. So it can wake up the function of the immune system, and inhibit the invasion of harmful bacteria. In addition, cranberry also contains a super-popular antioxidant called as “proanthocyanidin”. By its special antioxidant power, it can avoid cell damage and maintain the health and vitality of the cells. Apart from the function of preventing urinary tract infections, cranberry can also lower the level of cholesterol. And according to some studies, it contains ellagic acid, which may fight against cancer.

Drinking cranberry juice can block urinary infections by binding to bacteria so they can’t adhere to cell walls. While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that works.A compound Howell discovered in cranberries, proanthocyanidine, prevents plaque formation on teeth; mouthwashes containing it are being developed to prevent periodontal disease.In some people, regular cranberry juice consumption for months can kill the H. pylori bacteria, which can cause stomach cancer and ulcers.

Cranberries may prevent tumors from growing rapidly or starting in the first place.Extracts of chemicals in cranberries prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying in a test tube.

POMEGRANATES

Pomengranetes are a good source of dietary fiber, and folate, and a very good source of vitamins C and K. They are rich in antioxidants that help keep arteries clear of cholesterol.

Compounds found only in pomegranates called punicalagins are shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagins are the major component responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. They not only lower cholesterol, but also lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away.

Recent medical research studied heart patients with severe carotid artery blockages. They were given an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. Not only did study participants’ blood pressure lower by over 12 percent, but there was a 30 percent reduction in atherosclerotic plaque. Just as astounding, participants who did not take the pomegranate juice saw their atherosclerotic plaque increase by 9 percent.

In other studies, potent antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates have shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.

Not only are pomegranates good for your heart and blood vessels but they have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals. Several in vitro studies have shown this remarkable anti-cancer effect. Additional studies and clinical trials currently taking place are hopeful to reveal this fascinating effect on humans.

Also,pomegranate juice contains phytochemical compounds that stimulate serotonin and estrogen receptors, improving symptoms of depression and increasing bone mass in lab animals.

Fruits should be plump and round, heavy for their size, with a rich, fresh color and should be free of cuts and blemishes. Larger fruits produce more juice. Whole fruits can be stored for a month in a cool, dry area or refrigerated up to two.

CHERRY

Cherry contains rich anthocyanin, which can prevent inflammation. For a person with the inflammation from osteoarthritis, if he eats 35 cherries a day, his pain will be relieved gradually. And the effect is equal to that of a dose of aspirin. What’s more, cherry contains plenty of iron, which has the effect of promoting the regeneration of haemoglobin and preventing cancer.

Cherries have gained fame as one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories, which means they’re beneficial for many different conditions. This is due to the anthocyanins in cherries that researchers have found prevent free radical damage and inhibit cyclooxygenase enzymes better than many anti-inflammatory drugs.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, drinking tart cherry juice mixed with water three times a day may be beneficial for people with arthritis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

A study at the University of Michigan found that a diet that includes a lot of cherries lowers all the overall risk factors for heart disease, including inflammation, body fat, and cholesterol.As a result it takes care of heart health.

Researchers have found sweet cherries to be cancer fighters thanks to their high level of an antioxidant called cyanidin. Cyanidin is an important free radical scavenger and may also promote cellular differentiation, an important process in the body’s fight against cancerous cells and protects from cancer.

Anthocyanin is also good for the brain and has been shown to improve memory.Cherries are high in beta carotene, containing 19 times more than blueberries or strawberries.Cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s sleep cycles and acts as sleep aid.

Cherry fruit season lasts from May end until August in the United States. Fresh ripe cherries have short shelf life. In the store, choose cherries that have bright, shiny skin with green stalk firmly attached to the top of the fruit.

Keep fresh cherries in the refrigerator. Whenever you wish to eat them, just rinse cherries in lukewarm water to remove dust and to bring them to room temperature. Then, gently pat dry with soft cloth to remove moisture.

Other red fruits such as red pepper, Raspberries,Beet, Tomato,Bell peppers,Onions are also packed with rich phyto-nutrients, which are very helpful to our health. As a result, Let’s include red fruits in our daily diet!

 

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