Face it, all of us love some fruit or the other. Though eating fruits instead of junk to satisfy your appetite sounds like a bore, it is definitely worth it. Any fruit consumed has its benefits, either eaten whole or juiced.

Here are some common fruits and their benefits to inspire you to eat healthy.

Apples:

  • They contain Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals, as well as boosting the body's resistance against infectious agents.
  • B - complex vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin B-6) - These vitamins are the key in maintaining red blood cells and the nervous system in good health.
  • Dietary fiber can help prevent the development of certain diseases and may help prevent the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood from rising.
  • Apples are rich in phytonutrients or polyphenolic compounds which help protect the body from the detrimental effects of free radicals.
  • Apples also contain a whole lot of minerals like calcium, potassium and phosphorous.

Oranges:

  • Oranges and other citrus fruits can lower ischemic stroke risk for women.
  • As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C, oranges can also help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
  • The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in oranges all support heart health.
  • Potassium in oranges is also associated with protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.
  • Vitamin C can help to fight skin damage caused by sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. It also plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.
  • Other important nutrients are thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, selenium, copper, choline, zeaxanthine and carotenoids.
  • Choline helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory and also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.

Strawberries:

  • The health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and various cardiovascular diseases.
  • The polyphenolic and antioxidant content of strawberries makes them good for improving the immune system, and for reducing the signs of premature ageing.
  • In addition to antioxidants and polyphenols, they have vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber and magnesium.
  • Antioxidants such as flavonoids, phenolic phytochemicals and ellagic acid can help avoid xerophthalmia, degeneration of the optical nerves, macular degeneration, vision defects and increased susceptibility to infections.
  • Vitamin C in strawberries boosts the immune system and neutralizes free radicals.
  • Vitamin C, folate, anthocyanins, quercetin and kaempferol are excellent antioxidants and possess anticarcinogenic properties.
  • Strawberries are rich in iodine, which is very helpful for regulating the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Grapes:

  • Grapes are rich in antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids.
  • Polyphenols found in grapes have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by promoting relaxation of blood vessels.
  • Since grapes are low in calories, they help in reducing weight.
  • Regular grape consumption plays a role in maintaining eye health by protecting the retina from deterioration.
  • Grapes are recommended for people with high blood pressure to negate the effects of sodium on the body.
  • Grapes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, polyphenols and many other antioxidants.

Bananas:

  • Bananas contain potassium which reduces the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. It also benefits the kidneys and bones. Increased potassium intake suppresses calcium excretion in the urine, preventing kidney stones. Bananas also reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and brittle bones.
  • Bananas' natural sugars balanced with soluble fiber give a slow, stable energy release, and because they are low in calories, they can help in weight loss.
  • Bananas are a great source of dietary fiber and fructo-oligosaccharides which feed the important bacteria that live in your digestive tract. These bacteria help in efficient absorption of nutrients.
  • Bananas are a known cure for heartburn. They help balance your stomach's pH and enhance the protective mucus layer, relieving pain. The fiber content also moves food through your digestive tract faster, thus preventing reflux.
  • Bananas also contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate stomach bacteria which can cause stomach ulcers.
  • Bananas are particularly high in vitamin B-6, which is important for creating haemoglobin for healthy blood. B-6 is also involved in maintaining proper blood sugar levels, synthesizing and breaking down amino acids and producing antibodies for a stronger immune system.
  • Bananas have high levels of vitamin C, magnesium and manganese. They are also a source of most other B vitamins and smaller amounts of trace minerals like iodine, selenium and zinc.
  • Bananas are a good source of the amino acid tryptophan which your body converts to serotonin and proper serotonin levels help improve your mood, reduce stress and enhance your general outlook and happiness levels.

Peaches:

  • Peaches are a rich source of vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc and copper.
  • Potassium content in peaches helps in proper nerve signalling and cellular functioning of the body; it also helps in metabolic processes, utilizing carbohydrates, maintaining electrolyte balance, and the regulation of muscular tissues.
  • Peaches are rich in phenolic and carotenoid compounds, which possess anti-tumour and anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • Peaches help in maintaining healthy skin owing to the presence of a good amount of vitamin C, zeaxanthin and lutein which have significant anti-inflammatory effects on the skin damage caused by UV-B radiation.
  • Beta- carotene in peaches plays an important role in maintaining healthy eyesight.
  • Peaches are good for maintaining your digestive system due to their alkaline content and fiber.
  • The presence of magnesium in peaches helps to prevent stress and anxiety.
  • Peaches are rich in ascorbic acid and zinc, which aid in the normal functioning of the body and help to maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Phenolic compounds present in peaches help in maintaining lower levels of bad cholesterol.

Mangoes:

  • Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mangoes have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. these compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat.
  • The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels.
  • Mangoes are rich in vitamin A which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
  • The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.

So this has turned into quite a lot and honestly, I didn't expect to write this much (I'm sorry, lol) but I hope you like it!