As we all know, plants are the major source of food. We get almost all the ingredients that we use for food from plants. Some have to be cooked before consuming and some can be consumed raw. Fruits belong to the category of food that can be consumed raw. Fruits are the most delicious part of the plant. They can satisfy your hunger within no time. They can also provide essential vital nutrients to the body. These things we all know. But did you know that some fruits are capable of preventing diseases? In the previous blog I had given the information about the plants that can prevent health hazards. Today let us know about the fruits.
Yes. Here are 2 apples which are capable of preventing common diseases, Apple and Pineapple.
Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. They were first grown in Turkey and are considered to be perhaps the earliest tree to be cultivated by humans.
As an old Proverb says " An apple a day, keeps the doctor away", Apple can prevent many health-related problems. The nutrition benefits of Apple include the ability to improve your digestion, improve heart health and help you better manage your weight. Since many phytonutrients are present in apple pulp and skin, studies have proved the consumption of apples with a reduced risk of certain forms of cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease and even diabetes. Apples are ranked second among all types of fruit for their total concentration of phenolic compounds which comes under the class of bioactive substances that includes flavonoids.
Apples are also said to be responsible for the prevention of prostate cancer because of a substance produced in it called quercetin. High fiber found in apple can decrease the risk of heart attacks by decreasing the cholesterol rate. The fiber found in apples, called pectin has the ability to lower cholesterol levels naturally. They’re one of the best natural sources of boron, a mineral that is important for building strong bones and helping to prevent osteoporosis. Boron uses and benefits include help in building muscle mass and supporting brain function. Some evidence also shows that low boron intake might be associated with fatigue, arthritis and mood changes.
An apple supplies about 14% of your daily vitamin C, which is considered a powerful antioxidant which is important for skin, eye, immune and brain health. This vitamin C is capable of avoiding free radical damage and helps protect DNA and cells from mutation and malformation.
Pineapple has a long history of use in places, including Hawaii, South America and Asia. Pineapple is a South American native which is used as part of Hawaiian folk medicine, is one of the richest sources in the world of the enzyme bromelain. It is composed of several endopeptidases and compounds like phosphatase, glucosidase, peroxidase, cellulase, escharase and protease inhibitors. As per Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Bromelain was first isolated from pineapple juice in 1891 and introduced as a therapeutic supplement in 1957. This compound has traditionally been used as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent.
Pineapple supports heart health because of its fiber, potassium and vitamin C content. One study found that one of the benefits of pineapple juice if that it has cardio-protective abilities, as seen in studies done on rats. The study concluded that pineapple juice can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and can help establish digestion and absorption. High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.
The beta-carotene present in pineapple helps to lower the risk of developing asthma. Toxins, poor nutrition, pollution, antibiotic abuse and stress play a large role in the development of asthma. The inflammation caused by the toxins and poor nutrition can be reduced by pineapple's detoxifying capabilities. The enzymes present in pineapple have selective cytotoxicity and they are able to kill cancer-causing cells by the process called apoptosis but does not affect healthy cells. Additionally, recent studies have shown that bromelain from pineapple helps stop lung metastasis in its tracks and hence bromelain can be used to treat a wide variety of diseases. It can also help soothe and relax tense, inflamed muscles and connective tissues. So it is commonly used as a meat tenderizer.
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