Are you looking to live healthier? Look no further than making small changes in your diet to get more energy and optimize your health! The USDA recommends getting in at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day.
Here are ten fruits that have amazing health benefits...
Bananas are not only known for their potassium benefits to avoid muscle cramps, but are also a rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound that nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. This means they aid in digestion too.
Lemons are great to season food instead of salt and have good amounts of Vitamin C which helps to strengthen your immunity system. The acidity helps and cleanse your stomach.
You may know they are a fiber powerhouse but they also give you whiter teeth and increase memory.
Tomatoes one of the pillars of the Mediterranean Diet because they are good sources of lycopene. Lycopene prevents skin damage from ultra-violet (UV) rays and offers protection from skin cancer. No wonder those Mediterraneans have such beautiful skin!
Watermelon is a hydrating fruit and packed with antioxidants but it also has properties that help you boost energy and may enhance sexual function - move over oysters!
It’s really true that an apple a day can keep the doctor away. Apples have a good source of quecitin and apples are the second most highest of all fruits sold in the supermarket, ranking next to bananas. The good part is in the skin where Quercitin is highest in concentration. They are also a good source of fiber.
Kiwis are packed with potassium and vitamin C. They have about the same levels as bananas but only half the calories - making kiwifruit an excellent low sodium, increased potassium source.
Mangos reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer, improve lung function, and reduce complications associated with diabetes. They compliment chicken and seafood dishes well and can be pureed for a wonderful sorbet.
Like most berries, these contain polyphenols that help make arteries more flexible to lower blood pressure as well as feature Ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant which has been proven to shield our skin from harm by ultraviolet.
10. Concord Grapes
Concord grapes have polyphenols in the skin and in the seed covering that when pressed into juice release these heart healthy nutrients. Known to help reduce blood pressure, these polyphenols offer similar benefits like chocolate or wine with less calories. Consuming four ounces of Concord grape juice is the equivalent of eating 20 grapes and best of all counts for a fruit consumption on the day!
Notice the colors of the rainbow when looking at these ten powerful fruits. Yellow, red, blue, green and purple cover nearly the entire light spectrum but better yet, they better your life!