Addiction wreaks havoc on the body, depleting you of vitamins and minerals. To combat this, stock up on nutritious options — superfruits!
You’ve probably heard of superfoods—food that are naturally packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and all that other good stuff for your body. Well, there’s also a section of superfoods consisting of all fruit: superfruits.
Nutrition experts say everyone should be eating five to nine portions of fruit or vegetables a day, which should consist of mainly superfruits. And when you are on your grocery store or Farmers Market fruit search, keep in mind that all of these superfruits should be consumed whole and not processed.
From Benjamin Plackett of Health.com, here are 24 superfuits you can load up on to supercharge your body.
1— Cranberries for their disease-fighting power. They may prevent urinary-tract infections, and may even be helpful in fighting ovarian cancer in women
2— Grapes for their powerful antioxidant called resveratrol, which promotes a healthy heart.
3— Grapefruit. A grapefruit a day— the darker the fruit, the better — can help keep heart disease at bay by lowering cholesterol, according to several studies.
4 — Kiwi is high in fiber and pre-biotic complex carbohydrates. It has been known to help people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
5 — Oranges are chock full of Vitamin C, which keeps your immune system in top condition.
6 — Papayas are another fruit filled with Vitamin C. It’s also a good source of Vitamins A and E, which can fight heart disease and colon cancer.
7 — Pineapple. Did you know this fruit contains something called bromelain? It’s a digestive enzyme that helps break down food to reduce bloating.
8 — Plums contain chlorogenic acid, which may be linked to a decrease in anxiety.
9 — Pomegranate juice has won first place in a list of beverages ranked by antioxidant levels.
10 — Raspberries have 4 grams of fiber in every half-cup.
11 — Strawberries — they give you folic acid and Vitamin c. A happy duo for your body.
12— Tomatoes have an antioxidant called lycopene — rarely found in other superfruits — and are high in Vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
13 — Watermelon is another superfruit that contains the rarely-found antioxidant lycopene.
14 — Pumpkin, our fall favorite, filled with beta-carotene, which combined with potassium may help to prevent high blood pressure.
15 — Dragon Fruit seeds have essential fatty acids, which we need but can't naturally make on our own.
16 — Citrus Fruits—limes, lemons — are filled with Vitamin C, which in addition to helping strengthen the immune system, counters the effects of sun damage, regulates oils glands and can even prevent age spots.
17 — Cantaloupe contains Vitamin A and its derivatives, which helps boost cell reproduction. It’d a natural exfoliator!
18 — Cherries — the dark, deep red variety — are filled with antioxidant called anthocyanin. It can aid in reducing inflammation and lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
19 — Blackberries are on the top of the list for antioxidants. They contai polyphenols, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease.
20 — Blueberries may boost your memory power.
21 — Bananas are filled with potassium, which can lower your blood pressure and boost your metabolism.
22 — Acai Berries are popular in weight-loss circles. But in superfruit terms, they have more antioxidants than strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
23 — Apple are a source of fiber, and the fruit’s skin contains quercetin, an antioxidant that packs antihistamine and anti-inflammatory power.
24 — Avocados. Yes, these fruits contain fat, but it’s good fat. Avocados have monounsaturated fat and fatty acids, which can help lower bad cholesterol levels while raising good cholesterol in your body.
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