Fruits – Anti Inflammatory Benefits

All fruits tend to be rich in disease protective nutrients but some have received particular attention in the nutrition world for their Anti Inflammatory benefits.

Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries & Cranberries are particularly potent with Antioxidant & Anti Inflammatory properties. Along with fiber & vitamin C, berries possess plant pigment phytochemicals such as anthocyanins & ellagic acid which provides health benefits. Studies have linked increased berries consumption with lower risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease & diabetes.

Apple: Consumption of apple is linked with a lower risk of death from heart disease. The star components of apple – fiber, vitamin C, pectin & polyphenol have been associated with anti inflammatory effects & an increase in beneficial microbes in the gut.

Stone Fruits: Cherries, peaches, apricots & plums are all examples of stone fruits which contains fiber, vitamin C, potassium & a variety of phytochemicals. The high level of phenolic compounds in cherries helps to reduce inflammation.

Grapes : Grapes are full of fiber, vitamins C & K and powerful phytochemicals. It helps to reduce inflammation & keeps the heart healthy.

Citrus Fruits : Oranges, grapefruit, lemon and limes are rich in vitamin C. They also contain fiber, potassium, calcium, B vitamins, copper and anti inflammatory phytochemicals such as flavonoids and carotenoids. These improve blood cholesterol, blood sugar and blood vessel function.

Pomegranate : Pomegranate contains vitamin C & K , potassium, fiber & phytochemicals such as anthocyanin & resveratrol. This fruit shows potential for helping to keep blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check.

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