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May 08

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Best fruits to eat

Fruits area always recommended because they  boost immunity, revive and rejuvenate health. Here are few more benefits of fruits which you might have not read before.

Watermelon

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Watermelon beats the scorching summer heat with 95% water and its electrolytes. It is rich in minerals. It has lycopene and an antioxidant – glutathione preroxidase present at the red pulpy area close to the rind.The white rind which we commonly discard as tasteless contains Citrulline, an amino acid which provide us with some cardiovascular benefit. In a recent study, food scientists compared the nutrient content of flesh from different parts of a watermelon: flesh from the center, the stem end, the blossom end (opposite from the stem), and the periphery (the part nearest to the rind). What they’ve discovered were impressive concentrations of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C in all of these different areas. The exact distribution of nutrients was also highly dependent on the variety of watermelon. But there was no area in any of the watermelon varieties that came out badly in terms of nutrients, and in many of the watermelon varieties, the flesh’s outer periphery contained impressive concentrations of most nutrients

Cantaloupe/muskmelon
muskme is an excellent source of phytochemicals – vitamin A and C. Fruit is high in dietary fibre and helps people who suffer from constipation. It is concentrated with excellent levels of beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium and vitamins C and A. So, if you are looking for healthy and younger skin, this is what you should include in your daily diet.Lesser known is it being rich in an enzymatic antioxidant known as superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is essential for maintaining strong defence with enhanced reactive oxygen species scavenging capacity to combat stress in the human body.

Kiwi
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fruit contains vitamin C, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids from its numerous edible seeds have potential properties of a natural blood thinner. It also has a protein-dissolving enzyme actinidin that digests proteins. Skip Kiwi in desserts containing milk or dairy  as it will dissolve milk.

Pomegranate
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an exotic fruit is an antidote for heart ailments This fruit is known to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol).Pomegranates are known to help prevent plaque from building up in your arteries and reverse previous plaque buildup.
Other benefits include lowering blood pressure, protecting your teeth (drinking pomegranate juice is a natural way to prevent dental plaque) and even prevent cartilage deterioration.
pomegranates are great for your heart since they are an excellent antioxidant.
Regular consumption of pomegranate has also been found to be effective against prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), diabetes, and lymphoma.

Further, it is an also good source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), folates.The fruit is suggested by nutritionists in the diet for weight reduction and cholesterol controlling programs. Regular inclusion of fruits in the diets boosts immunity, improves circulation, and offers protection from cancers. It stabalises PSA levels.

Amla
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is a powerhouse of vitamin C, harbouring 20 times more that of an Orange. Many are averse to the pungent – astringent¬ taste of Amla. The vitamin C in Amla is present in a complex form. Amla have unlimited health benefits . To read more on amla click here.

Pineapple
pine an excellent source of vitamin C is a natural digestive aid and a meat tenderizer as it contains a proteolytic enzyme – bromelain. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties and significantly alleviates symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis, gout, sore throat or inflammation due to surgery or physical injury. It also helps in fat burning and weight loss due to its thermic effect.

Guava, a powerhouse of vitamin C, protects us from cold and flu with 4 – 10 times more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Some are dissuaded from consuming this marvellous fruit due to its seedy core.  Those may seek solace in the rind that contains exceptionally higher levels of vitamin C than the seedy central pulp.

Apples
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contain quercetin an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It also has considerable amounts of pectin, a soluble dietary fibre, known to reduce blood cholesterol level, help burn body fat, improve gut flora and help in binding loose stools, typically therefore used in diarrhoea.

Grapes

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have garnered attention due to its polyphenol – resveratrol that promotes longevity and several antioxidants shielding cardiovascular system. Grapes contain ellagic acid. Anthocyanins, found abundantly in red grapes and Catechins, a type of flavonoid found in green varieties also have health promoting effects. Grapes seeds also offer essential fatty acids and tocopherol.

Tamarind pulp
tamarindis commonly used in Asian cuisine and Worcestershire sauce due to its pleasing sour flavor. It aids constipation due to its laxative effect and is anti-helmintic, antibacterial and hypolipidemic. The fruit may promote eye health as it moistens cornea and researchers are investigating its chemical content similar to mucin that is known to wet the eye.
Some fruits like apple, banana, when cut turn brown on exposure to air. This unappealing browning can be avoided by coating the sliced fruit with a layer of sugar, salt or lime juice.

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