Amazing Health Benefits Of 20 Fruits And Vegetables

            

Fruits and vegetables are a vital part of a person’s diet, reducing the risk for a variety of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer,……

 

Infographic © herbs-info.com. Image sources: see foot of page. In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans published in 2016 advises that half your meal should be composed of fruits and vegetables. However, there are different fruits and vegetables that account for different benefits and appear to give support for different health conditions.  Check out our research below:

#1: Apricots

Apricots are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, making them an excellent option for boosting your immune system. Studies have also suggested that they are effective in managing inflammatory bowel disorders like ulcers (specifically ulcerative colitis) and kidney problems. In fact, the study that focused on apricots and kidney health discovered that the fruit was able to exert a protective effect on kidney cells from methotrexate-induced damage. Methotrexate is a chemotherapeutic drug known to damage the healthy cells of the kidneys.

#2: Avocados

In spite of old myths – now debunked – about avocados being high in fat and therefore “bad for the heart”, the fruit actually has cardioprotective properties. Studies have found out that avocado – especially extracts from it – is able to fight against hypertension by slowing the heart rate (bradycardia) and relaxing the blood vessels (vasodilation). In terms of nutritional value, the fat content of avocado is highly bioavailable, meaning it is easily stored and broken down by the body compared to fat from processed food. Another study also found that avocados have anti-diabetic properties as well, able to improve glucose uptake by the liver and muscles, decreasing the risk for metabolic problems that damage the nerves and blood vessels.

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