Fruits are rich, natural sources of vitamins and minerals needed by the body to function and stay healthy. People who eat fruit regularly have a reduced risk of having chronic diseases. With nutrients like potassium, fiber, Vitamin C, A, Folic acid, iron, sodium and calcium readily available from different fruits, you would be doing yourself a world of good when you eat some fruits.
Each fruit, vegetable has its unique nutrients and minerals as no one fruit contains all in itself so it is advised by Doctors and nutritionists for you to always include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. For example, Mangos contain a large dose of potassium, fiber, Vitamin A and C, Oranges contain lots of Vitamin A and C, calcium and fiber, Avocado has Vitamin B-5, K and C, broccoli has some potassium, calcium as well as Vitamin K and C.
What do some of these nutrients and minerals do for you?
# Potassium: help to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
# Calcium: essential for healthy bones and teeth and proper functioning or muscles, nerves and glands.
# Fiber: helps to improve digestive function, maintain healthy weight and lowers risk of high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes
# Vitamin A and C: Vitamin A helps to improve the body’s immune function, reproduction, cell growth, eye and skin health. Vitamin C on the other hand is an antioxidant that helps limit cell damage, heal wounds and cuts, keep gum and teeth healthy and repair body tissue.
# Folate: help to reduce the risk of a woman having a child with birth defects
# Iron: is needed for the normal functioning of all cells in the body and also maintain healthy blood.
Here are ten fruits and vegetables you should eat quite often to give your body all the nutrients and mineral it need. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away but with this list, the doctor might just be out of business.