Healthy Fruits For Healthy
Living Pt 1
All fruits are healthy to the human body and healing in
their own way. Such fruits include apples, apricots, bananas,
blueberries, cantaloupe, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes,
kiwi fruit, lemon/limes and oranges.
Other healing fruits include papaya, pears, pineapple,
plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries and
watermelon. Here we take a look at a variety of the healing
properties of a selection of fruits.
Amaranth is a food that not everyone is familiar with. While
technically a fruit, amaranth is commonly used as a type of
grain that is found in many different types of breads, muffins,
pasta and other foods that are made up of flour. The seeds of
amaranth are extremely high in protein that builds muscle and
it is much more plentiful than the protein found in other types
Amaranth seeds are also excellent at building up the immune
system because it is very high in zinc, copper and magnesium.
Apricots are excellent antioxidants and are full of vitamin C
and beta-carotene. Research studies have yielded the fact that
beta carotene is beneficial at protecting the body against lung
Apricots are chocked full of fiber. If you decide to
purchase apricots they are more nutritious if you buy them
fresh as opposed to canned.
Bananas are full of potassium and are beneficial to lowering
blood pressure. Bananas are full of vitamin B6 and studies show
they are good for encouraging the strength of the immune
system. Bananas are particularly good to start off the day. Eat
a banana with a glass of low fat milk and a piece of whole
wheat bread (or toast) with peanut butter for breakfast and it
will give you plenty of energy. For a change of pace whip up a
banana shake in the blender and drink your start to a good
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Cantaloupe is full of plenty of vitamins and minerals
including vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and fiber.
Research studies have yielded the result that beta-carotene is
particularly helpful at fighting cancers that originate in the
lungs but more recent studies have shown that it is also
worthwhile for fighting other types of cancers such as cancer
of the cervix, uterine cancer, stomach cancer and oral forms of
Evidence is also pointing to the fact that
vitamin C decreases the incidence of mouth cancers, throat
cancers as well as pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer.
Figs are beneficial to health, and that is the
case regardless of whether you choose to eat figs fresh or in
their dried form. Figs have plenty of vitamin C, fiber,
magnesium and potassium in them.
Did you know that most cereals have added
sugar or sweeteners, even those that say they
are the healthier options? Health shops stock
unsweetened varieties like oats, wheat, corn
and rice based cereals.
Figs are a type of fruit fiber that is able to
decrease blood pressure, and in particular, systolic blood
pressure, which is the top number of the blood pressure reading
which in turn, calculates the pressure of the contractions of
the heart. Fiber in general is connected to decreasing the
bottom number of the blood pressure equation, which is the
diastolic blood pressure. The diastolic blood pressure stands
for the pressure of the heart when it is resting between its