We all know that fruit offers incredible benefits to the body - sugars, healthy fats, and proteins that make our brain function properly. But there’s more to knowing what you get out of it... and that’s knowing how it works.
As various fruits were a dietary staple of the ancient humans, our ancestors recognized these gems of nature early on as a tasty source of energy. It not only provided them with stamina and fed their families, but worked wonders for their consciousness and their bodies for thousands of years.
Fruit contains phytonutrients (flavonoids and carotenoids), and they are the secret to healing the body. These compounds absorb into the body to support our immune system, reinforce the digestive system, and help fight against heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, pulmonary issues, and countless other diseases.
Here are some examples of phytonutrients, how you can get them, and the special benefits they offer:
Anthocyanins (present in cherries and red grapes): fights against heart disease, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer
Lycopene (grapefruit and watermelon): contains antioxidants and cancer-fighters
Carotene (apricots): antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and boosts eye health
Some fruits also contain important fibers, both soluble and insoluble.
Soluble fibers are those which absorb very quickly. Present in fruits like apples, mangos, pears, and oranges, these fibers form a sort of “gel,” that, when combined with water, attaches to and removes cholesterol in the body, ultimately lowering LDL (the bad kind).
Insoluble fibers (cellulose, lignin, and others) prevent hemorrhoids and reduce constipation by storing water in the colon. This type is most often found in the skins of fruits and vegetables (apple peels are a great source!), as well as oranges, pineapples, and berries. Expect insoluble fibers to keep things moving through your system - they keep your insides operating as they should by carrying out the bad bacteria and toxins from the gut.
Be careful with fiber: getting too much of either type can irritate your colon.
There’s one more thing: don’t forget about dried fruits! There are a few advantages of dried fruits over fresh fruits:
Some dried fruits contain more fiber
From apricots to aronia berries, we have over 35 dried fruit products on our website! Get your fix and boost your health.
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