Health Benefits of Different Fruits

Hi, friends. Here on the Northern half of the globe, summer has arrived. I’ve been eating plenty of fruit lately and loving it!

Each fruit is followed by a bullet point list with its best benefits. Since they all contain antioxidants and Vitamin C, I specified the fruits with high amounts. With the other nutrients and minerals, I listed them if one serving of the fruit contains around 10% or more of the recommended daily value.

Before jumping into the post, I want to point out one thing–the healing qualities of antioxidants.

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Resveratrol supplements I take for FA

Free radicals are harmful molecules in the body that damage body cells; antioxidants protect the body from those harmful effects. I myself have a progressive disability called Friedreich’s Ataxia, and the antioxidant resveratrol has been shown in clinical drug trials to impede and even reverse some of FA’s degeneration to speech and coordination (if taken in really high doses). That particular antioxidant also combats Alzheimer’s Disease.

Antioxidants essentially resist the effects of aging; for example, they help prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the US! I’ll do other posts on health and talk about the different antioxidants.

Another fun fact: these are all over 75% composed of water. No wonder I love eating fruit after the gym; it satiates my hunger and thirst simultaneously!

Apples

  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Skin HIGH in fiber and antioxidants

Bananas

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Antioxidants

Blueberries

  • HIGH in Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K1
  • Fiber
  • Manganese
  • HIGH in antioxidants

Blackberries

  • HIGH in Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K1
  • Fiber
  • Manganese
  • Antioxidants

Cantaloupe

  • Vitamin A
  • HIGH in Vitamin C
  • Antioxidants

Cherries

  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber
  • HIGH in antioxidants

Grapes (Red/Purple, Seedless)

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K1
  • HIGH in antioxidants

Kiwis

  • SUPER HIGH in Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K1
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants

Mangos

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • HIGH in Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants

Oranges

  • HIGH in Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Antioxidants

Peaches

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Skin HIGH in fiber and antioxidants

Pineapples

  • Vitamin B6
  • HIGH in Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Antioxidants

Strawberries

  • HIGH in Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • HIGH in antioxidants

Watermelons

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Antioxidants

Mentioned Vitamin & Mineral Benefits:

  • Vitamin A–bone health, vision, immune system, skin
  • Vitamin B6–blood vessels, cognitive function, nerve function
  • Vitamin C–immune system, heart health, skin
  • Vitamin K1–prevents blood clotting, bone health, heart health
  • Fiber–normalizes bowel movements, bowel health, controls blood sugar
  • Folate–decreases risk of birth defects (important for DNA synthesis and cell growth)
  • Manganese–bone health, controls blood sugar, kick-starts metabolism
  • Potassium–counteracts sodium to regulate blood pressure, heart health

Thanks for reading! What’s your favorite fruit?

Sources: onetwothree. Then I ended up googling them all individually and comparing sources. Sifting through it all was tedious! I don’t understand how fruit has existed forever, yet every source says something slightly different.

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