The old proverb saying “Health is Wealth” especially rings true as we try to focus on spending less time indoors, and more time outside as we enjoy these summer months. Summer allows us to try some fruits that are in season only during this time of year.
Look for these six fruits that are naturally packed with healthy vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants during the summer season:
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that gives you natural sun protection for your skin and prevents you from getting colds, flus and various infections. Strawberries are a great source for fiber, vitamins A, E, B vitamins, manganese and essential flavonoids that protect you from cancers and cell mutations.
If this list were to be in ranked in order of importance, blueberries would most likely be ranked at the top. Blueberries are possibly one of the healthiest fruits you could eat. They are low calorie, high in fiber, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. A cup of blueberries give you 24% Recommended Daily Value (RDV) for vitamin C and 36% RDV of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays an important role in giving your body healthy bones, speeds up the healing of cuts and wounds, and gives you many other health benefits. In addition to loading up on your dietary nutrition, blueberries contain a whole list of phytochemicals like anthocyanin, flavonols, resveratrols and tannins that can protect you from heart disease, inflammation, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
One average sized kiwi holds less than 60 calories and gives you 11% RDV of fiber and 2% to 7% of vitamins A and E as well as B vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate. Asthma sufferers have been found to derive the most benefit from the kiwi, even when eaten as few as 1-2 times a week. Kiwi are low in calories, high in fiber and have a tremendous variety of vitamins and minerals.
Raspberries are one of the best fruits for fiber, with about 32% RDV per cup. These berries are also highly concentrated with vitamins B and C, iron and copper. Getting your RDV of copper allows your body to grow properly. Each cup of raspberries gives you about 41% RDV for this essential nutrient. Raspberries also contain a high level of anthocyanin, which defend you against neurological disorders and tumor growth.
Oranges have a little bit of most vitamins, and are packed with beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin and lutein, which protect your eyes from macular degeneration, infections and cancers. It is an exceptional source of vitamin C, thiamin and folate, which give you natural UV protection, increase your red blood cell production, and help reduce your stress level.
Papaya’s flesh is bright orange in color with a sweet tart taste. They are extremely high in vitamins A, C, folate and other phytochemicals, which make them a powerfully antibacterial, anti-cancerous and anti-stress food. They are known for containing papain, an enzyme that can help treat ingestion and other gastrointestinal diseases.
Look for these fresh fruits next time you go to a farmer’s market or local grocery store and you will keep your body healthy all summer long.