Auspicious the synoptic situation in Ukraine extended our summer, so today we will talk about healthy seasonal fruits that you must have time to try before they will disappear from stores
Fruits packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and plant compounds that are called phytonutrients. Thus it is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Some fruits are even considered “superfoods” because of them numerous advantages. Despite on the fact that there is no precise definition of what is represented are superfoods, they are often rich in health-promoting compounds from antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
A large amount of fiber in fruits stimulates digestion, absorbs and removes radionuclides from the body. In the process of digesting food, pectin is transformed in polygalacturonic acid, which for several hours connects with radionuclides and toxic heavy metals, and safely removes more part of them from the body.
So, which superfruits should you pay attention to
In addition to a pleasant sour-sweet taste, plums are especially rich in hydroxycinnamic acids, which are a type of polyphenolic antioxidants. Consumption of plums reduces the negative impact of free radicals on cells, which in turn is a natural preventive and therapeutic agent for many diseases. Also plums are rich in vitamin C and provitamin A carotenoids, both of which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Despite its small size, the nutritional and vitamin composition of grapes revealed its significant healing and cleansing properties. established, that many grape varieties contain antioxidants such as caffeic acid, epicatechin, catechin kalatin, protocatechuic acid, galava acid and rutin. These antioxidants directly bind with a reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.
Apples are a concentrated source of flavonoid antioxidants linked to a variety of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease and rectal cancer. And numerous scientific experiments every year confirm an increasing number of healing properties of this superfruit.
Although tomatoes are often thought of as vegetables, they are actually a type of fruit.
Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene, a carotenoid pigment associated with powerful heart and vascular benefits. It should be noted that the skin of tomatoes contains a much higher level of antioxidants than the pulp. For this reason, doctors recommend using unpeeled tomatoes.
Rich in fiber and polyphenols antioxidant fruit, which contains magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamins B6 and K1. Actually figs are a more concentrated source of these beneficial compounds than red wine or tea.
The pulp and skin of fresh peaches have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, are saturated with phenolic acids and carotenoids. It is also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, provitamin A and potassium.
Nectarines are rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and other antioxidant compounds. Use fruits rich in beta-carotene, such as nectarines, can help reduce the risk of many diseases, prevent premature aging and early death.
In addition, nectarines, apricots, plums and peaches have long been considered fruits especially recommended for women. Along with their cleansing properties and their unquestionable benefit for the gastrointestinal tract, these fruits restore the hormonal balance of women’s bodies, increasing libido.
These fruits boast compounds such as ellagotannins, anthocyanins, and organic acids that give pomegranates powerful antioxidant activity. Research it was confirmed in humans that pomegranate juice can help reduce oxidative stress on cellular level, blood pressure, reduces the level of “bad” cholesterol, triglycerides (related to cell diseases), removes inflammation and prevents muscle damage.
Research in humans and animals indicate that the consumption of cranberry and products from lingonberries can reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the blood and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antidiabetic effect.
Cranberry quite astringent, so it is often tasted dried, sweetened or soda dishes such as sauces and jams. To get maximum benefit, stop your choice on using a pure product with minimal use of sugar. A little bit better dilute cranberry juice with water, than pour a bucket of honey into it.
Watermelon is extremely rich in fiber, vitamin C, provitamin A and many antioxidants. It has powerful anti-inflammatory, brain-protective and liver-supporting properties. More moreover, watermelon is the richest source of L-citrulline, necessary for the synthesis of nitric oxide, a molecule that, among other things participates in the processes responsible for expansion vessels Here why watermelon consumption is associated with a decrease in blood pressure pressure and its diuretic properties.
Choose your favorite fruits for your own diet, try to consume them in moderation every day and stay healthy!
Source of materials used: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health