This is the time of year when summer fruits and vegetables are at their finest. They are fresh, vibrant and packed with vitamins. This season, why not renew your view of these rich nutrient picks.
- Pass the watermelon wedges. The amino acids in watermelon support cardiovascular health, enhance the immune system, help improve blood flow, detoxify the liver.
- Strawberries – This popular summer berry can lower risks of heart attacks and strokes; reduce inflammation; its fiber content can reduce diabetic blood sugar spikes.
- Heap on the grapes –these contain many vitamins (A, C, K, B6, Folate, and B-complex), minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, and iron) and powerful antioxidants that can combat many diseases and disorders such as fatigue, heart disease prevention, kidney problems, high blood pressure, and indigestion.
- Rediscover cucumbers. They are more than skin softeners and salad add-ons. They possess an enzyme that digests proteins and strengthens intestines. Composed mostly of water, cucumbers boost hydration while reducing constipation.
- Pile on the pineapple – This tropical fruit is packed with nutrients that support our immune system, bone and teeth development, and cold prevention. Additionally, pineapple contains a powerful anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory protein-eating enzyme called bromelain, which can also help with food digestion and absorption.
- Remember produce rich in Vitamin C. Since this vitamin is not produced or stored in the body, we need a lot on board to carry out specific functions; including stabilizing blood sugars to reduce anxiety; reducing allergy symptoms; collagen production for healthy skin, strengthening the immune system; and disease prevention. Green peppers, pineapple, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, broccoli, and lemons are high in vitamin C.
- Include anti-toxin Vitamin E. Associated with improving circulation and muscle health, vitamin E also protects skin from sun damage and removes toxins. Foods high in vitamin E include green leafy vegetables, nuts, sunflowers seeds, salmon, trout, avocadoes, blackberries, butternut squash, and wheat germ oil.