Thursday, November 14, 2019

Miracles of Fruits That Can Change Your Life

Benefits of Eating Fruits
Most people focus on green vegetables and diet food but ignore fruits.  The term “healthy eating” makes no sense if your diet does not include fruits.

Regardless of variety, all fruits are power-packed with a countless number of micro and macronutrients-

  • Vitamin C, E, and K
  • Potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, iron 
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants, flavonoids, and phytochemicals
  • Low harmful fat and sodium 
  • Low calories 
  • Folic acid
  • Carotenes

Why you cannot afford to miss fruits in your diet?

Being natural sources of essential vitamins and minerals, fruits promote the healthy functioning of the body.  They have the power to lower the risk of chronic health illnesses like –

Do you know fruits are safe to eat when you have type 2 diabetes? Fiber and polyphenols in fruits reduce insulin resistance.  Less amount of calories in fruits help in controlling the blood sugar level, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, which are common in people with Diabetes.

Fruits are fibrous and regular consumption aids in digestion and excretion.  Add it to your diet and the wonderful laxative effect of fruits will improve bowel movements and keep gastritis and constipation away. Colon cancer is a deadly disease! But fruits like Banana reduce the risk of this cancer.  

Blood Pressure and Hypertension
Banana, apple, mango and other fruits rich in potassium help in lowering blood pressure and hypertension, which are the contributors to heart disease.

Fruits decrease the bad cholesterol level in our body which triggers heart diseases and stroke. Daily intake of fruits increases good cholesterol level and reduces the risk of heart ailments.

Kidney and Bone Diseases
Citrus fruits like lemons are low in sodium but rich in Vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant.  These fruits can reduce the chances of kidney stones by increasing citrate in urine.

We all have heard that calcium makes bones stronger. Fruits are loaded with calcium as well as Vitamin K and both are necessary for healthy bones.

Stress and Anxiety
Fruits like lemons boost mood, lift energy and reduce stress levels. Potassium-rich fruits like Banana also reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

Are fruits beneficial for cancer patients?

Decades of scientific research confirm that fruits are beneficial for patients when consumed during and after treatment.

There are certain compounds in fruits that slow down tumor growth and can minimize the side effects of cancer treatment. For Example -
  • Blueberries and pomegranates  improve memory impairment caused by cancer treatment
  • Citrus fruits  like Oranges reduce cancer cell growth and Vitamin C in them strengthens the immune system
  • Fruits rich in antioxidants like Strawberries are known to decrease cancer cell growth

Can fruits make you beautiful and charming?

There are myriads of skin health benefits of fruits.  You must eat fruits daily because

  • Fruits  keep skin supple and hydrated
  • Antioxidants in fruits boost skin radiance and prevent skin sagging  
  • Apple, banana, and berries can kick acne 
  • Papaya rejuvenates skin and hair 
  • Grapes help in cleaning skin and body 
  • Citrus fruits have a brilliant anti-aging effect and are hair stimulants 
  • Kiwi, pineapple, and strawberries promote hair growth
  • Fruits stimulate shiny, soft, and  healthy hair growth  and prevent premature graying
People who hate fruits rely on skincare products made of fruit extracts 
to reap all the above benefits. 

Well, do not forget that cosmetics do contain hell lot of chemicals.  Moreover, dermatological creams are pricey investments!!!

On the other hand, fruits are available year-round and are cost-effective. Eating one fruit a day can shower you with physical, mental and a plethora of skin health benefits.

So, what is a smart investment for you?

The health benefits of fruits are undeniable! But, too much of anything is not safe 

Not all fruits may be beneficial for you depending on your health status, weight, age, eating patterns and other factors.

Doctors recommend two to five servings of fruit per day for a healthy person, but the, servings will not be same if you have certain dietary restrictions or following a ketogenic diet. So, visit a dietitian for a well-balanced diet plan.

Bottom line

There are innumerable benefits of eating fruits and you cannot afford to miss this wonderful gift of nature.

Eat fruits daily and have a healthy and happy life!

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