Foods That Heal ( Part 1: Fruit )

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Foods That Heal ( Part 1: Fruit )


Acai Berry
A Brazilian palm berry sweeping the globe as a popular health food - though little research has been done on it – now may have its purported benefits better understood.

The quercetin found in apples is associated with reduced risk of coronary heart disease, and apple consumption has consistently been associated with reduced heart disease.

Avocado oil strengthens the skin by stimulating collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture.

Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.

In addition to soluble and insoluble fiber, blueberries contain tannins, which act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation.

Cantaloupe is a good source of potassium, vitamin B6, vtamin C, vitamin A, dietary fiber, folate, and niacin (vitamin B3).

Fig leaves can help to lower triglycerides, which are the chemical form in which most fat in the body.

The guava contains the highest vitamin C content out of all the citrus fruits with as much as 180mg per 100g of fruit.

Of all the citrus fruit, grapefruit has the highest concentration of lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient, and free radical scavenger.

Grapes contain beneficial compounds called flavonoids, which are phytonutrients.

Besides being an excellent source of vitamin C, even better than oranges, kiwifruit is a very good source of dietary fiber.

Limes and lime juice are greatly recommended to add to food and sauces in areas where the possibility of cholera is high.

Preliminary studies have found lupeol from mangoes and other fruit to be effective in reducing the risk of stone formation.

In recent research studies, the healing properties of oranges have been associated with a wide variety of phytonutrient compounds.

Papaya low in calories and are good sources of carotenes, vitamin C, B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid, potassium, magnesium and fiber.

Pineapple has no fat, is high in vitamin C, and is also an excellent source of manganese

and PrunesSeveral studies have demonstrated that dried plums, or prunes, which contain high amounts of polyphenols, can restore bone mass and structure.

The antioxidants in pomegranates are much higher than in green tea, red wine, blueberries, cranberries, or any other fruit or food.

Studies have shown that strawberry consumption can increase anti-cancer activity on cancer cells of the breast, oesophagus, skin, colon, prostate and pancreas.

Lycopene content found in tomatoes has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer preventing properties.

Arginine is used in the synthesis of nitric oxide, a vasodilator, meaning that it increases blood flow to all areas of the body.

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To be continued ...........


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