Filled with flavor and color, the fruits and vegetables of summer are a delightful source of energy. Summer is coming so prepare your grocery list and keep in mind that we consume food for it’s nutrients not only for taste.
These little fluffy fruits are filled with vitamin A, essentials for a good sight and a good source of fiber. It has been shown that peaches bring positive disposition because they contain tryptophan that becomes serotonin, also known as the happiness hormone.
Studies have shown that basil has antibacterial properties and also contains a substance that have a similar effect with anti-inflammatory meds. Like aspirin and ibuprofen. Thus, the consumption of basil plays an important role in recovering from inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that are meant to neutralize the negative effect of free radicals. We all know that they influence cell aging. The consumption of blueberries helps with conditions like cataract and glaucoma, heart conditions and cancer. At the moment the issue of free radicals is often brought into discussion by doctors, but most of the foods rich in antioxidants contain a bunch of nutrients, so normal daily consumption is advised. Studies show that blueberries help with brain activity and learning, and also is a good remedy for cystitis. They contain nutrients that assure a healthy urinary tract. They also contain oxalates, substances that prevent calcium absorption, so avoid eating blueberries within 3 hours after you had a rich in calcium food such as milk or cheese, or calcium supplements.
Lately the power of cherries to improve pains caused by arthritis has been much discussed upon, studies have shown that eating cherries can help you not develop heart conditions and cancer. Same studies have shown that they contain 17 different types of antioxidants and are a rich melatonin source. This is a hormone that interferes in producing a sleepy feeling, so eating cherries will also help with your sleep.
This is a rich source of two major nutrients : vitamin C and beta-carotene, that together help preventing the cholesterol deposits on the arterial walls, so overall salad protects you from hart attacks and heart conditions. Don’t expect miraculous improvements but keep in mind that what you eat influences your entire organism. The fibers in green salad bring down cholesterol, and the potassium brings down the arterial pressure. Look for salad with dark leaves, as they contain the most nutrients, having 5 times more vitamin C. Fresh salad is also more nutritious than the one packed.
6. Hot Pepper
This little red devils are a great source of Vitamin C and lycopene, while the B6 vitamin and the folic acid that it contains will reduce the body level of homocysteine. So they help you when it comes to blood vessels thus the consumption of hot peppers helps protect us from myocardia shocks and heart attacks.
Spinach is renown for it’s high levels of phytonutrients with anticancer properties . Spinach helps with the bone system as it contains vitamin K, and also contains iron but without the fat.
Wonderful in taste, they are a good source of vitamin c and K (helps with bones and teeth), fiber and anticancer compounds. Helps with the prevention of cancer cell growth and activates the body’s natural immune system. Studies have shown that people who eat strawberries are 3 times less probable of having cancer. Fruits containing high doses of vitamin c also help with asthma.
Again, like the ones above, tomatoes are also a god source of vitamin C, but are also known for the high levels of lycopene, a carotenoid that help prevent breast cancer and other various types of cancer. Also they contain biotin, a coenzyme that is necessary for the natural evolution of energetic processes, responsible for beautiful skin.
Eating a watermelon is the most delicious way of quenching your thirst on a hot summer day, because it contain 95% water. The potassium helps with your disposition and the good functioning of lungs. Aliments that contain magnesium are known for helping with asthma conditions. The seeds can be roasted and consumed afterwards as a treat.