The warm sunny days punctuated by sweet flavors of fresh fruit that ripen during summer months. But did you know that in addition to tasting delicious, summer fruits are remarkably good for you?
Fruit is one of the best sources of antioxidants, which are substances that help keep our bodies healthy and strong. Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of vegetables that are also high in antioxidants.
Here are six delicious summer fruits you can enjoy even more this season knowing how healthy they are for your body:
StrawberriesThese luscious red symbols of summer help prevent cardiovascular disease, improve blood sugar balance, and with their anti-inflammatory properties, help prevent certain types of cancer and other ailments.
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BlueberriesA "superfood," blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant capabilities of most fruits and vegetables. Studies have indicated that blueberries might also help minimize age-related ailments including dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Some studies show that blueberries may help increase motor skills and our ability to learn.
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PeachesThese sweet golden globes contain 10 different vitamins including vitamin A, important for vision, vitamin C and potassium, which is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves and digestive system.
The quintessential symbol of a carefree summer, watermelon packs a wallop of lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidants. Watermelon contains vitamins A, B and C, potassium and magnesium. Although its sweetness might make you think it's dangerous for your waistline, a cup of this refreshing fruit only has 46 calories.
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