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“Super fruits”…easily confused with superfoods and rightfully so.
I would gladly add these 3 to my superfood list if I wasn’t intent on keeping that list short and sweet for you guys.
Truth is, the more research I do, the harder it is to do so. There’s so much food out there that has the ability to not only change lives but save some as well.
You really are what you eat.
But that’s a rant for another article, here are 3 super fruits you NEED to be eating:
YOU ARE BERRY SWEET!
Easily the fruit that surprised me the most, we ALL need blueberries in our diets.
“When researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability, blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals,” Michael T. Murray, M.D. explains.
Free Radicals – Toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism
Also used for a wide range of medicinal effects, “their ability to improve vision is now the most popular medicinal application,” Dr. Murray continues.
In fact, bilberries (a variety of European blueberry) was used in World War II by British Royal Air Force pilots because they believed it improved their ability to see at night.
Turns out, blueberries do in fact improve nighttime visual acuity!
Lastly, blueberries also promote urinary track health, lower blood pressure and preserve brain function as we age (reducing the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia).
A cup of blueberries a day, keeps the doctor away!
THANKS A MELON!
This magic fruit is mostly known for it’s diuretic effects (regulating blood flow) but it also has some quite unique health benefits.
For any athletes reading, “research indicates that drinking watermelon juice is a post workout remedy that can help reduce muscle soreness” Dr. Murray explains.
Studies have shown watermelon juice to help reduce the recovery heart rate and muscle soreness in as little as 24 hours.
Just in time for the next gym session!
Lastly, watermelon is an excellent source of the amino acid citrulline, “which has shown benefits in treating Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure and diabetes.” Dr. Murray continues.
Next time you’re thirsty, make yourself a cup of watermelon juice!
IT TAKES TWO TO MANGO!
This fruit is the most consumed fruit around the world and for good reason.
According to Dr. Murray, “research conducted in 2002 by Dr. Sue Percival, an associate professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, showed that mangoes can inhibit the formation and growth of cancer cells.”
This was further backed by human studies which showed that mango consumption was correlated with a 60% reduction risk for gallbladder cancer.
How mind-blowing is that?
Another study conducted at the University of Alabama showed that those who consumed dried mango were found to have higher blood levels of retinol (Vitamin A).
Nicknamed the “anti-infective vitamin”, mangoes may quite literally save lives in developing countries and at the very least, offer protection against infections.
Looking to improve overall health? Eat more mangoes!
These are just three of the thousands of beneficial fruits around the world.
From protection against disease and lowering blood pressure to improving vision and aiding in the treatment of cancer, food really is magical!
Join me in taking advantage of them and spreading the word.
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- Murray, Michael T. The Magic of Food: Live Longer and Healthier – and Lose Weight – with the Synergetic Diet. Atria Books, 2018.