An apple a day may (or may not) keep the doctor away, but the odds go up in your favor if you eat an assortment of healthy fruits daily. Start with a variety of berries, such as blueberries, bilberries, and blackberries. Better yet, there are many fruit-based nutritional supplements worth getting your hands on, and that means not having to find berry bushes to pick from (although that can be a fun & wise thing, too.) It's hard to go wrong when it comes to consuming fruits. We've been told from an early age to always eat our fruits and vegetables, and that is great advice that is timeless – those foods still need to remain the staples of our daily diets.
Fruits Are Rich in Healthful NutrientsMost fruits are not only delicious, they are also healthful and packed full of vitamins A and C, folate, and a wealth of other nutrients, as well as antioxidants that are effective in helping us to fight off diseases and other types of illnesses, to include colds and flu. Per health.com, experts say that we should be eating five to nine portions of fruits daily. Following is an alphabetized list of 10 fruits available in supplement form, waiting for health-conscious folks like yourself to partake. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Acai berries. A powerful antioxidant hard to find fresh in the U.S. because it is native to Brazil, but it is readily available in powdered form, making it a great addition to smoothies.
- Bilberries. This close relative of the blueberry is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, minerals . . . you name it, making it effective for improving vision, treating diarrhea and indigestion, and acting as an anti-inflammatory and helping in the prevention of diabetes, per organicfacts.net.
- Blueberries. These can be found on lists for a whole lot of different health benefits provided by foods, not the least of which is what they can do for brain cognition and memory, thanks to the presence of an abundance of flavonoids.
- Cherries. There is an antioxidant in cherries known as anthocyanin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation as well assist in regulating triglyceride and cholesterol levels, per health.com.
- Citrus. Members of the citrus family include oranges, limes, and tangerines, which are loaded with vitamin C and fiber. The C content is a proven preventative to damage from the sun as well as age spots.
- Cranberries. Their taste is a bit tart, but they go down the hatch more easily when you realize that they help prevent infections of the urinary tract. Bonus factoid: Cranberries are a great antibacterial and make a terrific mouthwash, killing bacteria and fighting cavities, per canadianliving.com.
- Grapes. The red in grapes is resveratrol, an antioxidant that researchers have pegged as a deterrent to the formation of blood clots, and it can also help with healthy blood pressure levels.
- Papaya. Its not-so-secret weapon is an enzyme known as papain that helps in digestion as well as in the health of our skin, per canadianliving.com.
- Pineapple. Anyone who loves pineapple juice, and who doesn't, will love knowing that this fruit has a natural enzyme, bromelain, that helps the body in breaking down protein while aiding in digestion, helping to ward off blood clots and accelerate the healing of wounds.
- Pomegranate. Great for heart health, helping in the maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels, thanks to its antioxidant tannins.