Just The Way I Like It

My morning booster – combining together pineapple cuts, an orange and a kiwifruit, just the way I like it.

As I’m feeling quite excited (simply because I love Friday plus my system is now loaded with “happy pills”), I decided to spend a little bit of my time, summarizing the health benefits of these three fruits. So, let’s check what they are  and how they are good for your body system!

Pineapple

  1. A rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre like pectin
  2. Very good in food digestion by breaking down proteins
  3. Contains Bromelain – an anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. (Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against arthritis, indigestion and worm infestation)
  4. Excellent source of vitamin C
  5. Contains small amount of Vitamin A and beta-carotene levels.
  6. Rich in B-complex group of vitamins like folates, thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like copper, manganese and potassium

Orange

  1. Rich in pectin (dietary fibre)
  2. An excellent source of vitamin C
  3. Contains a variety of phytochemicals. Hesperetin, naringin and naringenin are flavonoids found in citrus fruits. Naringenin is found to have a bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory and immune system modulator
  4. Contains very good levels of vitamin A and other flavonoid antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties
  5. A very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamine, pyridoxine and folates
  6. Contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and calcium

Kiwi

  1. Very rich source of soluble dietary fibre which makes it a good bulk laxative
  2. An excellent source of antioxidant vitamin-C
  3. Contains very good levels of vitamin-A, vitamin-E, vitamin-K and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein and xanthin
  4. Research studies have shown that certain substances in kiwi-fruit functions as blood thinner function similar to aspirin; thus, it helps prevent clot formation inside the blood vessels and protect from stroke and heart-attack risk

Wait, there’s more  you can get from the Kiwi seeds!

  1. Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Research studies show that consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and help prevent the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism and other developmental disorders in children
  2. A very rich source of heart-healthy electrolyte “potassium”
  3. Contains good amounts of minerals like manganese, iron and magnesium

Okay, I’m pretty sure some of us may not be aware of how some of those nutrients work in our body. Worry not, I have gathered the explanations here. I’m no  health expert, hope this is enough just for our basic understanding :)

Vitamin C

Required for the collagen synthesis in the body which is the main structural protein required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps to boost immunity in the body system. Vitamin C is also powerful natural antioxidant.

Vitamin A

Required in maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and is essential for vision. Studies have suggested that consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the human body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Vitamin K

Has a potential role in the increase of bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone. It also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

Potassium

An important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

Copper

A helpful co-factor for red blood cell synthesis.

Manganese

Used in the body as a co-factor for the powerful antioxidant enzyme called the “superoxide dismutase”. It’s also an important bone-strengthening mineral like calcium.

Pectin

Has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing its re-absorption in the colon by binding to bile acids in the colon. (The main function of bile acid is to facilitate the formation of micelles, which promotes processing of dietary fat).

Alright now, for those of you who often heard about antioxidant but was never quite sure what it is, here’s the simplest explanation: It’s a substance(s) which can be found in some fruits and vegetables that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage in the body system.

So everyone, don’t forget to include fruits in your diet and your body will be thankful for all the benefits it gets :)

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