Find These 5 Nutritious Super Fruits at Your Local Whole Foods Store in Redding
Do you want to know one of the secrets to staying slim and healthy? Eat fruits—lots and lots of them—and enjoy the many benefits in store for you. What are the superstar fruits that you shouldn’t miss? Read on and find out.
A study conducted by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa revealed that people who eat apples were found to be less prone to suffering heart attacks by as much as 35 percent. Various epidemiological studies have also linked consumption of apples with reduced risk of certain types of cancers, heart diseases, asthma, and diabetes. A 2001 study conducted by Mayo Clinic revealed that apple is rich in quercetin, a type of flavonoid that is potent in preventing the growth of prostate cancer cells. A Cornell University study disclosed that phytochemicals present in apple’s peel are very helpful in preventing the reproduction of colon cancer cells. Flavonoids, meanwhile, can reduce an individual’s risk of suffering from lung cancer by up to 50 percent, reports the National Cancer Institute.
Avocado is really an awesome fruit. It contains oleic acid, a type of omega-9 fat, which lowers cholesterol. Avocados are also rich in beta-sitosterol, a natural substance that has been proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol and is known to protect the prostate. Avocados are also great for the eyes, heart, and skin. This fruit is rich in lutein, a valuable member of the carotenoid family, which functions as a natural antioxidant that keeps the eyes and skin healthy.
The banana is one of the most popular fruits in the world. For the figure-conscious, a piece of this fruit makes a great snack any time of the day because it contains very low calories (100 calories per fruit). But the banana’s claim to fame is its rich potassium content–422 mg per average banana. “Potassium plays a variety of roles for the body, from maintaining cell integrity, fluid electrolyte balance, to keeping the heartbeat steady and stable,” writes Anthony Franco, a foodie and health enthusiast who runs Better Cater, a catering software company. If you feel like you easily get tired and weak, chances are, you’ve got a drop in potassium level. Likewise, muscle cramps are also the result of low potassium levels. Health professionals also believe that potassium is helpful in preventing and correcting hypertension. So if you want to replenish your body’s supply of potassium, get your daily dose of banana!
Thanks to scientist Dr. James Joseph, the blueberry has earned the reputation as a memory-enhancing and protecting fruit. It is rich in anthocyanin, a type of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that is proven and tested effective in fighting top-killer diseases, like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as common old-age ailments, such as arthritis and rheumatism.
The coconut and its oils are among the healthiest foods you can consume. Studies conducted in the 1960s and 1970s revealed that Pacific Islanders and Asians whose diets are very rich in coconut oil are surprisingly free from heart diseases, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. Coconut oil has a unique composition of fatty acids which makes it highly resistant to oxidation at high heats. So for high-heat cooking methods like frying, coconut oil is a much superior choice than highly processed oils such as vegetable or canola oil. You can also use it like butter on toast, add it to your smoothies, use it as a popcorn topper, add it to your coffee, and make salad dressings with it. Not to mention the long list of other uses that coconut oil is great for! Here are just a few: body moisturizer, eye-makeup remover, hair conditioner, toothpaste (when mixed with baking soda), treatment for athlete’s foot, and massage oil.
You can find all of these super fruits and many more 7 days a week from 8 am – 9 pm at your local organic food store, Orchard Nutrition, located in Redding, CA.
Author bio: Manilyn Moreno is a caterer and event planner. As a caterer, she always tries her best in incorporating healthy choices into the dishes she prepares.