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Showing posts with label Superfruits. Show all posts

Oranges - Health Benefits, Facts and Recipes [Infographic]

Oranges - Health Benefits, Facts and Recipes
Infographic from Just Add Good Stuff
Sweet, juicy, organically grown, fresh oranges are a superfood that is rich in many important and essential naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals (phytonutrients) and many other nutrients, including anti-inflammatory agents, carotenoid compounds, vitamins B1 and C, folate, potassium, copper, pantothenic acid, calcium, pectin and dietary fiber.

Its no wonder then, that regular consumption of oranges (and certain other citrus fruits) are thought to confer a wide range of health benefits, some of which include:

 Helps to prevents certain types of cancer - notably liver, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon cancer

 Promotes heart health

 Aids in lowering the risk for ischemic stroke

 Reduces the risk of kidney stones and helps to prevention of kidney disease

 Lowers cholesterol

 Regulates high blood pressure

 Protects against viral infections

 Aids in detoxification of harmful toxins

 Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, fights skin damage, and generally improves the overall texture of skin

 Alkalizes the body

 Relieves constipation

 Promotes weight loss including belly fat

Along with describing some of the key health benefits of oranges, this infographic also contains nutrition data and some interesting facts about oranges.  The three recipes referenced in the infographic, together with other great information about health, nutrition, diets and fitness can be found at: Just Add Good Stuff - Just Add Oranges!

error,warning,alert,wrong,exclamation It should be noted that because of the relative high content of sugar in orange and other fruit juice, especially commercially prepared juice, and the presence of certain banned or harmful substances in some imported juice, health experts generally advise to avoid drinking juice and instead to eat the whole fruit.

By eating the whole orange, you get the benefit of the natural dietary fiber generally present in whole plant foods.   Fiber slows down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.  Keeping blood sugar levels steady helps prevent insulin spikes.  Spikes in insulin can lead to insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome, which are associated with diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and other medical conditions. Insulin spikes can also lock fat into cells promoting weight gain (especially in the abdominal area) and preventing weight loss.




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Banana: Properties and Health Benefits [Infographic]

Bananas: Properties and Health Benefits Infographic
from MedicinalPlants-Pharmacognosy.com
Lately, the trend has been to seek out exotic super fruits and other foods that promise recently discovered and amazing health benefits.  A perfect example is maca, mangosteen, acai and goji berries.

Yet, one of the most common, widely available and cheapest of the superfruits is often overlooked:  the humble banana.

Organic bananas are easily digestible, calorie dense, nutritional powerhouses, providing important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and an array of health benefits, as this infographic illustrates.

Always choose organically grown over conventionally grown bananas and other fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.

Mounting evidence suggests that organic produce is significantly richer in nutrients while being significantly lower in harmful, toxic pesticides.

Related and Further Reading:
Amazing Health Benefits of Bananas
Food Matters: 25 Powerful Reasons to Eat Bananas

Infographic Source and More Information:
MedicinalPlants-Pharmacognosy.com - Banana, Properties and Health Benefits

Infographic: Blueberries, a Handful of Health

There are lots of reasons to love blueberries - one of nature's miracle foods that is at top of every power food, superfoods and superfruits list!

And with good reason: these miniature berries are a nutritional powerhouse that are thought to provide many important health benefits.

Blueberries are also smart choice of individuals on a diet.  They are full of flavor and satisfy a craving for sweets, yet a whole cup only has about 80 calories and contains virtually no fat. As such, blueberries may aid in the weight loss or healthy weight maintenance process.

This infographic entitled "Blueberries, a Handful of Health" illustrates the recent notable increase in consumption of blueberries in North America.

It seems that Americans are paying attention to health and nutrition experts and doctors like Joel Furhman.  Dr. Furhman recommends eating "G-BOM-BS" (an acronym for 6 nutrient-dense foods that promote health and longevity and help prevent disease) every day.  The "B" in "G-BOM-BS" stands for "Berries".

As noted in this infographic, blueberries are:

❤ Full of dietary fiber

❤ Rich in phytonutrients

❤ Packed with vitamin C

❤ An excellent source of manganese


Based on the latest research and scientific studies, blueberries are thought to play a role in the following areas of health:

Cancer risk reduction
Insulin response
Cardiovascular health
Brain health

Related:
Fiber for Weight Loss [Infographic]

Infographic source:  U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council



Infographic: Health Benefits of Mangosteen

Mangosteen has been gaining attention as possibly one of the superfruits that we should consider including in our diet.  It is a tropical fruit which grows mainly in the hot, humid climates of Southeast Asia and South America.

The rind of the fruit in particular has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and contains a variety of complex organic chemicals, including Xanthones and Tannic Acid (aka Tannin).

Recent studies on Xanthones-rich Mangosteen suggest that the fruit is an excellent source of antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.

This infographic lists some of the health benefits that are associated with Mangosteen and includes a recipe for an exotic smoothie made from the following healthy ingredients: mango, banana, coconut water and sun-dried Mangosteen powder smoothie.  Mangosteen powder is available in natural and health food stores and online.

Infographic source:  Oasis Advanced Wellness




Infographic: Amazing Health Benefits of Bananas

Infographic: Amazing Benefits of Bananas
The banana is one of nature's healthiest original "fast foods".  Easy to pack and take on the go, it doesn't need any refrigeration or special utensils.  Just peel and eat.  It doesn't get any simpler (or better) than that!

Considered by many nutrition experts to be a superfood and a superfruit, bananas are rich in vitamins B6 and C, potassium, manganese, iron, pectin, dietary fiber and other important nutrients and are thought to confer many important health benefits  across various body systems.

Bananas are used both internally (digested) and topically in many natural cures and remedies applications for a wide variety of medical conditions.

This infographic illustrates but a few of those health benefits, including:

✔ Strengthening the body's circulatory system
✔ Overcoming depression and increasing happiness
✔ Restoring and normalizing regular bowel functions
✔ Improving mood and reducing PMS symptoms
✔ Stabilizing and regulating blood glucose levels
✔ Improving alertness
✔ Helping in smoking cessation
✔ Relieving anemia
✔ Providing energy

Related:
Bananas:  Properties and Health Benefits

Infographic Source:  Handy Health and Wellness Tips









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