Fruits, Fruits, and More Fruits
Few things in life compare to biting in to a delicious, vitamin rich fruit. Enjoying all the flavor of a fresh seasonal serving of strawberries or cherries, while knowing you are getting a healthy infusion of vitamins is a great feeling.
With all the options of fruits to choose from as you peruse the produce section of your local grocery store, it may be difficult to choose which one to go for. Of course, it is helpful to know which fruits to stick with in terms of choosing the best sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Bananas should always be at the top of the list. Loaded with potassium, this fruit is a great source of this essential element. They are also a great source of B vitamins and folate, which are important for growth and recovery. They can help sustain your blood sugar during a strenuous workout, and have been found to protect against muscle cramps. Their high amounts of fiber aid in constipation, and they contain substantial amounts of iron to help with keeping your blood healthy.
Blueberries are extremely high in antioxidant powers, and may protect against those awful diseases of old age such as dementia and Parkinson’s. This fruit can even be frozen without much compromise to its antioxidant properties. This succulent fruit is loaded with vitamin C, B6, and K. Additionally, some studies link this fruit to decreases in the risk of osteoporosis due to its high levels of calcium.
Tart Cherries are great to eat raw, or to drink. A recent study showed that this fruit is linked to belly fat reduction by the altering of the expression of genes responsible for fat storage. So if you are looking to shrink up that waist with a tasty snack, this fruit is definitely not a bad option.