Fruits are considered to be healthy food choices and should be included in everyone’s diet, no matter their age. However, some fruits shouldn’t be missing from a balanced wholesome diet because of their incredible nutritional properties.
Oranges, grapefruits, mandarins, lemons, limes and kumquats are all an excellent source of vitamin C and for this reason; they can’t be missing from a healthy diet.
Vitamin C plays an important role in your body’s proper function, such as:
- It intervenes in the reactions for obtaining energy from other nutrients consumed
- It strengthens your immune system
- It increases the absorption of non-haem iron (iron derived from a vegetable source), which is found abundantly in spinach, kale, lentils, garbanzos and dried fruit, etc.
- It is essential for synthesis of collagen
- It acts as an antioxidant, by blocking free radicals that can harm your body and cause different diseases such as cardiovascular, neurological and kidney, etc.
Of all of the fruits that are consumed daily, make sure at least one of them is a citrus fruit to make sure you are ingesting sufficient vitamin C daily.
Apples are an excellent source of fiber, which is often called soluble fiber. This soluble fiber makes this fruit an ideal natural remedy for gastritis because if the skin is removed, the stomach can easily digest it without causing any stomach pain or acidity.
On the other hand, apples are able to help to regulate the correct intestinal function and should be consumed even in cases of diarrhea and constipation. When treating diarrhea, apples should be eaten peeled and avoid that they become oxygenized (allowing the flesh to become dark in color from being exposed from the air for a few minutes). To cure constipation, apples should be eaten raw and with the peel.
Purple and blue blueberries are very rich in antioxidants, for this reason they can prevent early onset aging and keep your body young and healthy.
Purple blueberries contain a substance called proanthocyanidins that prevent excess bacteria from forming in the bladder that cause urine infections. For this reason, if you are suffering from recurring cystitis, just add a shot of pure blueberry juice to your daily diet.
Strawberries have many benefits for your health, but one of the most important ones has to do with their ability to regulate blood sugar levels because they contain high levels of polyphenols.
Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect of these fruits with individuals who have diabetes. It was successfully demonstrated that a cup of fresh strawberries each day can produce a similar effect as caused when the body receives a dose of the pharmaceutical metformin (insulin sensibility).
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is very beneficial for your health.
- Alleviates joint pain
- Reduces edema
- Decreases the formation of clots (thrombosis) in the blood
- It favors digestion, especially after eating protein rich foods
Some of the many virtues of plums are their fiber and their natural source of sugar that stimulates cleansing the intestines, as it acts as an excellent natural laxative. For this reason, fresh or dried plums are recommended in the case of constipation.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium. These are two key minerals that are needed for muscle contraction and relaxing, to prevent muscle spasms while practicing some sort of physical activity.
Bananas also is rich in an amino acid called tryptophan, which is essential for synthesizes the serotonin neurotransmitter. This is often called the happy hormone. Serotonin improves the your mood swings, reduces symptoms of depression and increases the sensation of overall well-being.
Peaches and apricots
These orange colored fruits are extremely high in beta-carotene, a pioneer pigment in vitamin A. This vitamin helps to protect your sight and your skin. It also boosts your immune system and promotes healthy growth.