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Monica Munteanu | On 24, Jul 2013
What are you eating this summer to get that boost of nutrients for your body? We all know fruits are the healthy alternative, but are you eating the ones that are best for you?
Each fruit contains certain vitamins and minerals, that may aid to a specific issue and improve certain aspects in your health. In order to make things easier for you, we have selected 10 of the best summer fruits and highlighted their incredible benefits. Keep reading and find out what your fridge should be stocked with this summer.
This small fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, fibre and antioxidants. A cup of strawberries a day will aid your immune system, lower your cholesterol and regulate your blood pressure. What’s more, that wonderful vitamin C is good for you eyes, preventing cataract and improves the elasticity of your skin, which means less wrinkles. We have good news for pregnant ladies as well, strawberries contain folate, a B-vitamin which will enhance your babies development in the early stages of pregnancy.
Blackberries are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and antioxidants. They are known to fight off free radicals that are linked to cancer, improve the immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease. Also, they aid to your skin, eyes and bones and may relieve symptoms of common ladies problems. A cup of blackberries makes for the recommended daily amount of fiber and the result: a healthy digestive system. A blackberry, protein smoothie is the best way to start the day.
This type melon fruit is known for its enticing aroma and low caloric content. It’s filled up with vitamins A and C and beta-carotene. One of its best qualities is that it reduces stress. Being rich in potassium, snacking on it normalizes the heart beat and a sends supply of oxygen to the brain, leaving you feeling relaxed and focused. You are already craving a slice, aren’t you?
Who doesn’t enjoy a bowl of cherries? This super fruit can improve your sleep, due to the source of melatonin, reduce pain and joint soreness for those of you who love to workout, and prevent diabetes. It’s known for aiding your memory and a great snack or dessert choice if you’re currently watching your weight. Have a handful of cherries everyday to get the best of what they offer.
This colorful, unique flavored fruit is a great ingredient for juices and smoothies. However, it’s not just the refreshing qualities that make this fruit a must have. Pomegranate is a good friend to your heart: it reduces cholesterol, improves blood flow and reduces thickening in the arteries. All this with just 8 ounces consummed a day.
It may put up a challenge when cutting it but it is worth the effort. This popular tropical fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, that can prevent colds and strenghten you bones. Also, it keeps your gums healthy and teeth strong, lowering the risk of them falling out.
Everyone’s favorite juicy fruit is pumped with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s good for your eyesight and your skin, you can even apply it directly on dark circles and wrinkles. But it’s best to savour it, right? Also, peaches fight agains toxins and and extra pounds. Yes, just like its sister, the nextarines, it’s low in calories, and can make for a delicious, non fattening sweet treat.
This purple fruit is a good way to satisfy your hunger, as an in between meal snack, or satisfy your sweet tooth. Some of the results to eatina daily dose of plums include a better memory and stronger bones. What’s more you can have them all year long as pruns, the dried version. The latter are a good match for granola and yogurt.
Just another fruit you can enjoy for breakfast, but not limited to. Raspberries are a time bomb of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, just ready to explode in your organism. They aid weight loss, prevent cancer and eye sight from macular degeneration. Here’s a tip: you can freeze them and eat whenever you want because they do not lose their properties. How about it?
It’s a hastle until you get into your house, considering the 8 to 10 pounds it usualy weights, but one you have a taste you can’t get enough. Imagine biting into a cold slice on a hot july day. Watermelons are full of potassium, antioxidants, carotenoids, carbohydrates, Vitamin A, B6, and C, calcium, thiamin, sodium, healthy protein, and fiber. A couple of slices as day can help prevent heart attacks and diseases, different types of cancer, digestive problems, poor eye sight and hair loss. How about dicing one right now?
There’s nothing like a fruit summer salad to refresh your senses and give you body that extra boost of vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy and vibrant. Enjoy!
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