The weather is finally warm, the kids are out of school, and Atlanta farmer’s markets are back in full swing. It’s time to get some of that summer fruit you have waited for all year. So grab your reusable grocery bags, venture to the market and keep your eye out these fresh fruits in June. The health benefits are worth the effort.
Stawberries- Surprisingly, these red wonders contain more vitamin C than an orange. They also have high levels of cancer preventing antioxidants, manganese, potassium, and increase our amount of good cholesterol (HDL). (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/nutritional-benefits-of-the-strawberry)
Watermelon- Did you know that watermelon packs more lycopene than tomatoes, the vegetable synonymous with the antioxidant? It sure does. Eating a slice can also give you the antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which contribute to eye health and strengthen the immune system, respectively. Also a great source of energy-packing Vitamin B6.
Blueberries- This fruit takes the award for having the largest variety of antioxidants. They are also great sources of immune system supporting, selenium and zinc. Compounds from blueberries are even able to inhibit the growth of bad bacteria in the urinary tract, preventing urinary tract infections. They contain anthocyanosides, which have been shown to help in slowing the progression of visual loss. The eye-health preserving Carotenoids in this group are also a good source of fiber.
Canteloupe- Whether consumed as an orange crescent or in cubes, it is a good source of fiber and potassium. Eating this fruit has the potential to help regulate one’s heart beat and blood pressure.
Cherries- The antioxidant anthocyanin that gives cherries their red color has anti-inflammatory properties, can prevent free radical damage, which if not stopped can lead to cancerous processes; and serves to increase memory. (http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/3443/20101108/health-benefits-of-cherries.htm)
Apricots- Aid in keeping skin healthy because they are a rich source of vitamin A. They not only can help with acne, but also in cancerous organs that are lined with epithelial tissue. They also act as an additional source of the antioxidant, lycopene, which helps stave off cancer.