So many fruits, so little time. Fruit packs a real punch when it comes to health benefits, ranging from increased immunity to the helping prevent age-related diseases. It's easy to stick to your favorites when you're picking out fruit at the farmer's market or grocery store, but it might be time to re-think which fruits to eat more of. Here are some of the healthiest fruits and their benefits:
For being so small, pomegranate seeds have some pretty impressive benefits, including the ability to help reduce arthritis pain, lower blood pressure, improve heart health, and possibly even combat cancer. They're chock full of antioxidants and a long list of vitamins, including folic acid. Fun fact: pomegranates have more than double the antioxidant levels of both green tea and red wine!
Filled with good-for-you vitamin C, pineapple's biggest claim to fame is its bromelain content. Bromelain is a super important enzyme that helps with digestion and even phlegm production (it's a natural cough medicine!) - it's also anti-inflammatory and can help fight infections going on in your body. As if all that isn't enough, the high manganese content in pineapple is good for your bones, and the copper actually helps your body make its red blood cells.
These little berries got super popular when people found out they could help prevent age-related diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The high antioxidant content in blueberries make them incredibly healthy for people of all ages, and it doesn't hurt that they're also packed with tons of fiber, vitamins C and K, and manganese.
Fiber, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C and choline can all be found in grapefruit. Lycopene (which is what makes grapefruits pink) may have anti-tumor properties, while the high vitamin C content helps your immune system. And the choline found in grapefruit can actually help boost your metabolism - just in time for summer!
Apples are full of antioxidants, vitamins C and A, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and calcium (sound like your multi-vitamin?). Potassium is a mineral that actually helps regulate your blood pressure, which can help reduce the risk of stroke. It's quite possibly true what they say - an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
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