3 Summer Fruits and their Health Benefits
Summer is the season of spending time at the beach for some, and the season of abundance when it comes to fruit to others. This is the time of the year when some of the most delicious fruits are ripe. But are they good for us? Well, they obviously are – nutritionists would not insist on eating more fresh fruit otherwise. Let’s take a peek on what fruits grow in the early summer, and what their health benefits are.
You might argue that “strawberries are actually around all year long in supermarkets” – but if you consider those the equivalent of fresh, sun-ripened fruits, you are mistaken. The best strawberries are those that ripen right in your garden. They can be used in a great variety of ways, besides the obvious (eating them raw): in salads, fruit salads, as topping on ice cream and cakes, they can add taste and color to a lemonade, or they can be easily turned into a delicious jam.
And here are their health benefits: they are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, they have a huge Vitamin C content which is said to help boost immunity, they promote eye health, its flavonoids help keep bad cholesterol at bay, and they also help reduce inflammation of the joints, regulate blood pressure and add a huge amount of necessary fiber to your diet.
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Figs are considered by some the “healthiest food of the world”. Although many of you have surely tried dried figs already, fresh ones are harder to come by – but their unique taste and texture make them worthy of a try. They can be eaten as they are, but make a great addition to cakes, salads and even go well with meats.
Figs are a great source of potassium, and as such they help regulate high blood pressure. Also, they are a great source of dietary fiber, helping people out for losing weight add some delicious sweetness to their diet. Fig leaves also have their benefits: as part of a salad or in a tea they can lower the insulin needs of diabetics, and have positive effects on the cardiovascular system.
Cherries are maybe the most tasteful fruits you can come by during the summer. Starting in May, you can find several or its varieties on farmers’ markets. You can turn them into a compote, bake them into cakes or cookies, or simply eat them raw. And you should, as they have a series of health benefits.
Cherries contain antioxidants like anthocyanins and cyanidin, far more potent than Vitamin E. Their high antioxidant content may help prevent cancer. Cherries also help reduce inflammation and prevent gout, help support healthy sleep, help reduce belly fat and post-exercise muscle soreness.
Cherry tails are also with their own share of benefits: when consumed three to four times a day it helps reduce blood pressure due to its diuretic properties, and it also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.