According to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, diet high in fruits may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. This comes as no surprise because we know fruits are powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre and yet are considerably low in calories. All fruits have their own benefits but some stand out due to the unique health benefits they provide. Here is a list of healthiest fruits on earth on the basis of their nutrient component.
This fruit is rich in three types of antioxidants including tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid. Antioxidants are good for our body as they provide protection against free radical. Free radical can damage your body’s cell and increase the risk of diseases. Pomegranate is also rich in fibre (promoting digestion) and potassium.
It is rightly said an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apple is rich in anti-oxidants and has anti- cancer properties. The flavonoids present in apple protect the body against asthma, diabetes and promotes mental health.
Orange is one of the most popular and nutritious fruits in the world. They provide you with a significant amount of Vitamin C, potassium and B Vitamins such as thiamine and folate. As oranges are rich in citric acid, they help in absorption of iron and thus prevent anaemia.
Bananas are rich in potassium, carbohydrate, starch and pectin all of which have their own benefit. Being high in carb content banana is a good source of fuel before workout, the starch content in it may help you to improve the blood sugar levels and pectin helps you to improve the digestion.
Pineapple is full of anti-inflammatory enzymes that have been shown to reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, arthritis and various other diseases. Pineapple is rich in Vitamin C and bromelain which helps to cure cough and cold. It is also rich in manganese which strengthens the bones. A cup of pineapple gives you 73 per cent of manganese you need in a day. Pineapple is also good for oral health.
Kiwi is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and fibre. It is also a wonderful source of antioxidant, promoting eye health and protecting against cancer. As kiwi is high in fibre and low in calories, it is also great for weight watchers.
Two small peaches have more benefits than one medium sized banana. Peaches boost nerve and muscle health. The skin of it is rich in antioxidants and insoluble fibre. Peaches are also good for weight watchers if they want to add sweet to their diet without adding many calories.
Blackberry is extremely rich in antioxidants and polyphenol content. It helps you to fight against ageing and chronic diseases. Blackberries are also packed with several vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
Cherries contain cancer prevention compound, reduces inflammation, promotes good sleep, lowers risk of stroke and give relief from arthritis pain. All this due to anthocyanin, a deep red coloured antioxidant present in them. They also reduce blood vessels inflammation.
Loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, blueberries are shown to boost brainpower. It also promotes eye health. A study found that people who consumed maximum amount of this fruit were less likely to develop age related muscular problems.