Many people have heard of superfruits, but they may not understand exactly how powerfully healthful they are. These delicious types of produce are packed with nutrients that nourish the body while allowing individuals to enjoy the many health benefits that they can provide. What are some of the health perks of eating these tasty superfruits? Here are a few examples to help you understand how important they are as well as some advice on adding them to your diet when you are on the go.
Full Of Antioxidants
Superfruits contain antioxidants, which are powerful nutrients that can remove oxidizing agents from the body. Oxidizing agents can have some serious health effects that may damage the body in various ways. Vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin C are three examples of antioxidants, which can be found in such superfruits as papaya, tomatoes and strawberries.
Superfruits such as delicious aronia berries contain polyphenols. These are nutrients that have been found to have a host of positive effects on the body. This is true for healthy people as well as those with non-communicable health conditions such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
May Improve Brain Health
Some superfruits, such as blueberries, can improve a person's brain health. The specific kinds of antioxidants present in blueberries - as well as cranberries, goji berries and acai berries, to name a few more examples - have been shown in several studies to help regulate brain functions as well as protect the brain from oxidative stress that can damage it over time. Some brain-friendly antioxidants includes selenium, vitamin C and beta-carotene.
Can Regulate Digestion
Kiwi is one example of a superfruit that can aid in the body's digestive processes. Kiwi contains actinidin, which quickly and efficiently breaks down protein in the digestive tract - better than digestive enzymes can usually do on their own. Individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome may also find relief from some of their symptoms if they eat kiwi on a regular basis.
Boost Energy Levels
Did you know that bananas are considered superfruits? They are a great example of the superfruits that help boost and regulate energy levels. The vitamin B-6 and tryptophan present in bananas can help to regulate mood, further increasing your ability to handle a day full of stressful to-dos and busy activity.
Filled With Beneficial Minerals
Some superfruits, such as apples, contain vital minerals such as potassium and iron. These minerals help your body to complete many of its most vital functions. For example, iron allows your body to produce hemoglobin, which is an important part of blood cells and their normal production. Similarly, potassium plays an important role in regulating the nervous system and maintaining muscle strength.
Helps Skin, Teeth And Bones
Many superfruits contain nutrients, such as beta-carotene and ascorbic acid, that help to build and protect skin, teeth and bones. Nectarines in particular are loaded with beta-carotene and ascorbic acid.
Fight Arthritis, Injuries And Illness
Whether you have arthritis or a sports injury - or are even just battling the common cold - superfruits can help. The anti-inflammatory agents in such fruits as papayas, coupled with their many antioxidants, help human bodies to fight off pain, inflammation and illness.
Now that you know some of the benefits of superfruits, what can you do to incorporate them as part of your healthy, balanced diet while maintaining your hectic schedule? Fortunately, most superfruits can be bought at your local grocery store, and many are easy to carry around as snacks on the go. Blueberries, strawberries, and sliced bananas can be carried in a plastic bag and eaten at work, school or home for a delicious and nutrient-rich treat, as one example of how to include these powerful fruits as part of your busy day. No matter how you include superfruits in your diet, you will be able to benefit from their many positive health effects.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
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