Many a times you’d hear this saying: “You should eat more fruits because they’re good for you!” While we don’t oppose it, we’ve always wondered how exactly do they benefit us.
It is undeniable that each delicious bite out of a fresh fruit comes with all sorts of health benefits. In fact, there are tons of scientific research and wellness gurus that strongly reaffirm fruits’ unique disease-fighting and health-promoting benefits.
But what exactly is it in fresh fruits that helps us live happier and healthier lives? Here are some of the most common fruits us Malaysians love to indulge on and how they help protect our body to fight and ward off certain kinds of diseases.
1. Papaya. Aside from promoting healthy skin, papayas are known to have anti-inflammatory effects and can provide support for our immune system. To top that off, the papain in the fruit aids in digestion and promotes healthy skin.
2. Pear. Much of the fibres in pears are soluble, which is why the juicy fruit is great for preventing constipation, reducing blood cholesterol levels and keeping heart diseases at bay.
3. Strawberry. This fruit comes with many antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties. This is why eating these tart fruits can help prevent hardened arteries and suppress the progression of cancerous tumours.
4. Orange. Juicy oranges aid in the prevention of neural tube defects, as well as lowering triglyceride and blood pressure; all that is made possible because the fruit is high in folate and contains a phytochemical called hesperidin.
5. Apple. Filled with flavonoids, this fruit can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes, asthma and is a natural mouth refresher that cleans out our teeth.
6. Kiwi. High in Vitamin C, kiwis can strongly help with the development and maintenance of our bones, cartilage, teeth and gums. To learn more on the benefits of kiwi, click here.
7. Banana. In addition to the health benefits listed here, bananas can also aid in maintaining normal blood pressure and protect our heart because they are a good source of potassium and magnesium.
8. Mango. Containing antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, these fragrant fruits protect one’s vision and reduces the risk of vision impairment in adults.
9. Avocado. As this superfood is jam-packed with potassium and healthy monounsaturated fats, they are known to keep our heart healthy and can lower cholesterol levels. The fact that it helps out with an infant’s growth and development are major plus points too!
10. Pineapple. While more commonly known for its high source of fibre, the low-caloric fruit’s abundant bromelain enzyme can also help prevent blood clots, speed up wound healing and can inhibit the growth of cancer.
11. Dragon Fruit. These thorny, seeded fruits are great for our eyes and heart health as they are filled with beta-carotene and lycopene. In addition to that, its phosphorous content will also help keeps our immune systems strong and avert osteoporosis.