It is a well-known fact that if you intend to stay healthy and prevent diseases and infections like cancer and heart disease, then you must consume fruits and vegetables regularly as well as exercise to maintain a healthy weight.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans published in 2016 stated that half of the meals we consume should be composed of vegetables and fruits as they provide the most health benefits.
Down below we have a list of fruits and vegetables that provide the most health benefits.
Apricots are an amazing vegetable for boosting the immune system thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to newest studies, apricots can manage the inflammatory bowel disorders as well as ulcers and kidney problems.
Avocados are rich in properties known to be cardio-protective According to recent studies avocado extract is able to fight hypertension by relaxing the heart vessels and slowing down the beating of the heart. Avocado fat is also easier to store and use compared to other processed food fat and is far richer in nutrients. Avocado has also been shown to be very beneficial in the case of diabetes since it provides natural sugar and can improve the glucose uptake by the muscles and the liver.
We all know that bananas are a rich source of dietary potassium that stimulates the proper function of the heart and the brain while aiding healthy digestion. People who lack dietary potassium often experience cardiac problems and generalized weakness, so consuming bananas is extremely beneficial for the overall human health as they’re also rich in both vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Cantaloupe originates from the melon family which is already a sign that it provides tons of health benefits. According to a 2012 study, cantaloupe can significantly reduce high cholesterol as well as improve eyesight thanks to its richness in minerals, vitamins, nutrients and beta-carotene content.
Cucumbers have been for a long time considered extremely beneficial for the improvement of cognitive function thanks to its antioxidant substance fisetin. Fisetin has been found to be able to improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients as well as boost the overall health since cucumbers are rich in other antioxidants.
Dates can be extremely beneficial when it comes to heart issues and liver damage. A study published in 2014 found out that dates efficiently protect the liver from chemical and toxin-induced damage as well as prevents plague deposition in the blood vessels (which is a main cause for heart disease).
Kale is famous for being small, leafy and nutrient packed. It is the favorite food of salad-lovers. But aside from its amazing taste, kale is great for people suffering from calorie and micronutrient malnutrition. It is rich in bioavailable carbohydrates as well as minerals, vitamins, probiotics and even dietary fiber.
We know that lemon is undoubtedly one of the healthiest fruits out there. It boosts immunity and protects the whole body from disease and illnesses. Consuming lemon on daily basis is guaranteed to change your life and improve your overall health.
Aside from being incredibly rich in vitamin C, pineapples are rich in nutrients such as magnesium, calcium and iron as well. Believe it or not, pineapple has been used for centuries in the traditional medicine for its many health benefits. According to a recent study, the pineapple leaf extract promotes tissue regeneration as well as preventing microbial infections.
Watermelon is extremely popular during the summer for its amazing refreshing taste. However it is also worth noting that watermelons are contain some incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties that efficiently promote tissue repair and reduce the risk of metabolic and heart disease as well as cancer.
It is 100% true when we say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are rich in phytochemicals that decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma, diabetes, and heart diseases. Thanks to their antioxidant properties, they regulate cholesterol and fight the spread of cancer cells.
Aloe Vera has been used in the traditional medicine for many years. It is able to manage diabetes symptoms and relieve itchiness and swelling as well as promote skin health and proper brain function.
Artichoke does wonders when it comes to preventing liver damage and cures the effects of liver damage caused by the toxic chemicals such as carbon tetrachloride. You can also consume artichoke for an antioxidant boost.
Fresh blackberries provide tons of health benefits. They’re often used in cakes and pies but if consumed fresh, you will fully reap the health benefits that come from the high amounts of tannins, phenolic compounds as well as strong antioxidant properties. Blackberries are also packed with potent antibacterial, anti-thrombotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Oranges are the second best source of Vitamin C and it is an incredible immune booster that has the ability to protect the body from inflammatory diseases as well as bacterial and viral conditions.
Beans are widely known for their antioxidant properties that work as an energizer for the body. A 2015 study has shown that athletes performed better and for a longer period of time after drinking fresh green bean juice.
Beets have a potent nutritional value that gives them the ability to prevent kidney damage and repair damaged kidneys. Beets can also reduce oxidative stress, cell death and inflammation.
Mango is a tropical fruit that is famous for its refreshing and sweet taste. However that is not all that mangos pack. Mangoes provide tons of health benefits when consumed raw. They’re rich in vitamin C and antioxidant properties and are anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-carcinogenic.
Broccoli works wonders when it comes to strengthening the immune system and fighting cancer thanks to its richness in phytochemicals. It can also treat various other heart problems such as bladder cancer, influenza, flu, diseases and infections as well as prevent tumor growth.
Cabbage is one of the most commonly used vegetables when it comes to salad and dishes. It is plain in taste but when it gets mixed with meat and other vegetables, it is delicious. Not only that, but cabbage can actually fight cancer, despite its simple flavor. According to a recent study, cabbage has the ability to prevent tumor growth and fight the genomes that are responsible for cancer.
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