We often eat fruit salads or drink fruit juices and smoothies because we know that they have a lot of healthy compounds that prevent and cure diseases. But does every fruit have the same healing power as the other? Is eating a mango same as eating a kiwi? No. Not every fruit has the same therapeutic quality as the other. In fact some fruits are so potent that they can be termed as super fruit. They are jam-packed with fibre, vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals. Consuming them makes you body healthier, younger, improves your metabolism and maintains your body in perfect condition. So let us take a look at some of these super-powered fruits.
Probably the first thing that you must have remembered is the adage- An apple a day keeps the doctor! Well, it is more than true. Apples contain a whole lot of iron which helps the blood to carry oxygen to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Without oxygen your mental faculties, apart from other things, can become extremely dull. Apple also has ‘flavanoids’, an organic compound that regulates blood pressure and prevents inflammation inside the body. The fibre present in apple helps digestion and lowers the quantity of low density lipoproteins (LDLs), which is the bad kind of cholesterol, in your body.
2. Acai Berries
Originating from the Amazon rainforest, Acai berries look like a cross between a plum and grape. They are hard to get by but they are extremely useful for your health. They are packed with powerful anti-oxidants like polyphenols and vitamin C. There are considerable amounts of vitamin A, iron and calcium too- minerals that keep your bodily function in status quo state. Although these berries have more fat than other health fruits, the fat is essential for fat-soluble vitamins to be distributed within the body. Acai also have a number of photosterols that help you to maintain a healthful heart and a tough digestive system. It radically increases energy levels so that you can perform the best. Moreover, it helps the body to develop resistance against most diseases and allergies. Acai berries significantly improve blood circulation from preventing clot formation.
Kiwi, also known as the Chinese gooseberry, has a number of health benefits and has becomes increasingly commercialized for the same reason. It has a significant amount of vitamin A, C and D, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and fibre. The fruit has absolutely no cholesterol. Kiwi is reported to contain ellagic acid which is a cancer fighting compound. It also has quercetin which is a powerful anti-oxidant. Anti oxidants and vitamins prevent the body to succumb to free radicals which are deleterious to your health. Kiwi also helps to thin your blood which can prevent minor headaches and major heart problems. Owing to the rich fibre content of Kiwi, eating it will drastically improve your digestion. It stimulates your organs to produces digestive juices and helps move your food all through the digestive process.
Apricot is a spherical, orange coloured fruit. The orange colour is due to a high amount of beta-carotene in the fruit which when consumed by your is transformed into vitamin A. Apricots are also rich in vitamin C, fibre, potassium, calcium and iron. All that iron in apricot is very helpful for anaemic consumers. Iron helps make red blood cells in the body (due to the increased formation of haemoglobin from iron). Copper in apricot helps release this iron into the body. Apricots can be consumed on a daily basis to improve digestion and prevent constipation. It contains pectin and cellulose which act as laxatives. Eat 6-8 apricots daily if you are constipated. Vitamin A in apricots also improves eyesight. Vitamin A deficient people contract night blindness and impaired vision. Apart from directly consuming it, people also use apricot oil to treat skin problems. Your skin has the ability to quickly absorb apricot oil. This oil improves the texture of your skin and makes it shiny. You should be careful about eating apricot. Those who suffer from asthma or kidney stones should not consume it because compounds in apricot react negatively with the compounds present inside the body due to the sickness.
Nowadays, lemon is omnipresent in or lives. We see it in shampoos, conditions, oils, cleaners, drinks and food. The intense usefulness of this fruit has a lot to do with it popularity. Every part of lemon- juice, rind and pulp- is beneficial. Lemons are yellow coloured, small and round shaped fruits. Owing to the excess of vitamin C in the fruit, lemons are sour to taste. Lemon is anti-bacterial and helps cure several throat infections. That’s why you are asked to drink a hot cup of lemon tea when you are down with the flu. Lemon juice also helps to lose weight. A drop of honey and lemon in a glass of hot water in the morning is the best way to do this. Another dimension to this fruit it its benefits against diabetes and digestion problems. Since lemon adds flavour to drinks without the help of water, diabetes patients often drink lemon juice to control their want for sugar. Since it has significant amounts of vitamin C, it prevents you from getting scurvy. It is also a great defence for your body against diphtheria, rheumatism and biliousness.