It has been said that, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”
It is, in fact, common knowledge that fruits are essential to our health. Fruits help in regulating our digestion as they contain dietary fibers, which aid in constipation.
Fruits are also a great source of anti-oxidants, which protect our bodies from stress, disease, and aging. However, some fruits have higher levels of nutritional value and anti-oxidants compared to other ones. These fruits are known as superfruits. Any diet plan should include all of these super fruits.
The top 5 super fruits are the following:
Pomegranate (also known as Granada or Apple of Granada) contains three times more antioxidants than green tea or red wine combined and is known as the “superfruit for the heart”. Research says, it contains Punicalagins, an anti-oxidant found to reduce inflammation of arteries and oxidative stress. Other antioxidants found in pomegranate are Vitamin C, catechins, isoflavones, and anthocyanines, which are all good for the heart.
Acai Berries (also known as Acai Palm, or Cabbage Palm Berry), which grow in the forests of South America, contain 10-33 times more antioxidant than the grapes used in making red wine and twice the antioxidants found in blueberries. It can protect against cancer and improve mental alertness and memory.
Blueberries (also known as Low Bush or Wild blueberries, or high blush blueberries) are packed with antioxidants and other vitamins that help fight cancer and aging, and improve vision and brain function. Recent research indicates that blueberries can decrease the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and may delay the spread of Hepatitis C virus.
Goji Berry (also known as Wolfberry, Western snowberry, Chinese wolfberry, Mede berry, Barbary matrimony vine, Bocksdorn, Duke of Argyll’s tea tree, Murali, or Red Medlar) has long been used by the Chinese to protect the liver, boost the immune system, improve eyesight, and prolong the aging process
Kiwi (also known as Kiwifruit, Chinese gooseberry, Macaque peach, Macaque pear, Vine pear, Sunny peach, Wood berry, Unusual fruit, or Wonder fruit), like the pomegranate, is known as a fruit for the heart. Evidence show that it reduces blood clotting, lowers bad cholesterol levels. Kiwi is also a great source for Vitamin C, more than oranges.
Other fruits which did not make it to the list (but are also called superfruits) are Cranberry, Grapes, Mangosteen, Avocado, Raspberry, Durian, and the Noni fruit.
It is important that we all remember that “health is wealth”. Along with proper diet, our body also needs exercise.
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