Red Tart Cherries
Tart cherries contain many nutrients which, when combined with the fruit’s natural antioxidant content, offer benefits to consumers. Some of the antioxidant health benefits are reported to:
- Ease arthritis/gout pain
- Reduce risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and some cancers
- Regulate natural sleep patterns
- Prevent memory loss
- Delay the aging process
Dark Sweet Cherries
Cherries contain 17 anti-oxidant compounds. Antioxidants are purported to ease symptoms of arthritis, gout and headaches caused by inflammation. Research of heart and sleep benefits is ongoing.
A long list of the purported health-enhancing effects of antioxidants is convincing the public to include antioxidant-rich blueberries in their diets for possible:
- Improved vision
- Memory retention
- Weight control
- UTI prevention
- Reversal of age-related
- physical/mental declines
A one-two punch of antioxidants and flavonoids found in deep-red cranberries is said to prevent some conditions and possibly protect the body. Health benefit claims include:
- UTI prevention
- Reduction in dental plaque formation
- Heart-health promotion
Apples and Your Health
Researchers keep finding good reasons for you to eat your daily apple.
- Antioxidants to fight cancer-causing free radicals and reduce or reverse age-related degeneration
- Flavonoids to reduce the rate of heart attack mortality and for protection against lung, bladder and prostate cancers
- Phytoestrogens that lower the incidence of prostate cancer
- Essential fluids and sugars to hydrate and energize the body
- Pectin to lower cholesterol
- Sweet flavor that motivates babies to drink their juice, use a cup and accept new tastes and foods
Cornell University, National Survey of Pediatric Health Professionals
Michigan Apple Committee
Pomegranate Juice is more healthful than eating the fruit, because 70% of juice antioxidants are released from the squeezed peel.
Navindra Seeram, Assistant Director of The UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Lead co-author of “Pomegranates: Ancient Roots to Modern Medicine”
Blackcurrants have a high concentration of:
- polyphenolic substances
- vitamin C
- gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
In addition to vitamin C, blackcurrants have plenty of antioxidants and anthocyanins. These can help strength your immune system, soothe sore throats, and ease flu symptoms.
This veggie is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables — high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, and C. A 5-ounce serving provides 60% of the RDA for folic acid and is low in calories.
Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium.