10 Fruits That Heal

Feb 05

This is a recent article that I thought to be helpful. All 10 ingredients are in Jus Superfood drink. Enjoy.

By Lee Vander Boegh

Our bodies are truly amazing. Despite the punishment we put them through – from digesting processed foods to falling down stairs – they seem to come through with flying colors. This doesn’t come without fuel requirements, though; and just like a high performance machine, the quality of energy going in can make a tremendous difference in how the body responds, heals and even grows stronger.
Scientists continually tout the health benefits of consuming fruits, and for good reason. High in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they give the human body the edge it needs to stay sharp, focused and healthy.

Bilberries: Keeps your eyes healthy.
A good source of quercetin, an antioxidant, bilberries have been shown to reduce age-related macular degeneration and even boosts night vision

Blueberries:  Promotes urinary health, fights cancers.
Studied in the context of prostate and liver cancer cells, the compounds in blueberries demonstrated the abilities to attack and prevent certain cancers.

Cherries: Relieves the pain of arthritis and gout.
Many consumers report pain reduction after eating cherries, although science has yet to determine the exact mechanism. Cherries also contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.

Grapes: Lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
Not only do grapes play a role in cholesterol regulation, they also contain resveratrol, which has been show to slow the effects of aging.

Cranberries: Promotes healthy skin, kidneys and urinary tract.
Scientists say this Thanksgiving staple has an anti-bacterial effect in the bladder, keeping it and the rest of the urinary tract healthy.

Pomegranate: Fights cancer and gets oxygen where it’s needed most.
A recent study presented at the American Urological Association suggests that consuming pomegranate juice extends the time it takes prostate cancer markers to double. Furthermore, juice drinkers withstood less oxygen deficiency to the heart during strenuous exercise than non drinkers.

Raspberries: Shown to inhibit tumor growth.
Among the many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in raspberries, this fruit is one of the best sources of ellagic acid, a compound shown to slow tumors.

Strawberries: Can help improve short-term memory, fights inflammation.
Cramming for an exam? The USDA and Tufts University say the combination of vitamins and antioxidants in strawberries make it easier to remember the details.

Wolfberries: Fights inflammation, cancers, diabetes, premature aging, memory loss, vision degeneration and lung disorders.
Wolfberries are packed with fiber, omega-3, omega-6, protein, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin B2, vitamin C, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and polysaccharides.

Prunes: Enhances digestive health.
Prunes have long been recognized for their high fiber content, but they are also good sources of vitamin C and antioxidants, particularly phenolics, neochlorogenic acid and chlorogenic acid.

SIDEBAR:
Even though “antioxidant” has become a household term, understanding what they are and how they affect the body is still often shrouded behind a veil of mystique. In the simplest terms, antioxidants prevent – you guessed it – oxygen; or more specifically, oxidation. So what’s the big deal? Our bodies need oxygen, right? Yes and no. While oxygen is one of our fundamental requirements of life (if you don’t believe me, hold your breath until I say to stop… good morning! how was your nap?), it also gradually breaks down our bodies’ cellular infrastructure with the same kind of chemical reaction that makes metal rust.
What’s worse is that when the cells in our bodies ‘rust,’ they become free radicals – which despite their namesakes have nothing to do with surfboard stunts. Instead, these harmful villains start chain reactions that scientists link to such maladies as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, senility, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, some researchers suggest that oxidation plays a large role in the aging process. Therefore, it’s possible that a strong supply of antioxidants might actually make us grow old slower.
Our bodies are constantly fighting free radicals. Its weapon: antioxidants. So why not give your body the salvo it needs to shock and awe these malicious troublemakers in their tracks?

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