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No need to look further than the fruit bowl for natural disease fighters. Photo: Shutterstock.

No need to look further than the fruit bowl for natural disease fighters. Photo: Shutterstock.


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Too often we look to medicines and magic potions to cure us, when in reality, the best cure is prevention. We’re lucky that modern medicine has brought us to our current level of healthcare, but there is simply no better cure than prevention; after all, a good defense is the best offense. Sometimes there’s no avoiding disease, but other times, our daily habits and dietary practices can influence our bodies’ ability to fight sickness. It might seem like a daunting task to prevent life-threatening illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, but the truth is you can keep these maladies at bay by making simple adjustments in your diet. Below are 10 common fruits to add to your plate to fight off some of the

 

Raspberry

Raspberries have a high antioxidant content, and it has been shown that their consumption can help in the prevention of esophagus, colon, and cervix cancer.

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Blackberry

The flavonoids responsible for the blackberry’s deep color are also responsible for its potent health benefits. These flavonoids have been known to help reduce the risk of stroke and lung cancer.

 

Pear

The soluble fiber found in pears helps to lower the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and regulating blood pressure.

Avocado

This green fruits are good for your heart. The healthy fats help maintain healthy arteries, and the fruit is rich in potassium which is essential for normal heart function.

 

Grapefruit

The pectin found in grapefruit helps lower cholesterol, and the fruit’s flavonoids help prevent cancer.

 

Lemon

Who knew lemon was so good for you? Lemon is loaded with antioxidants and fiber. This gives the tangy fruit the edge in preventing high blood pressure, diabetes, indigestion, and fever. Lemon can also help stop crystals from forming in your kidneys.

 

Kiwi

Kiwi has as much Vitamin C than any other fruit! Eating kiwi can give your body the immunity boost it needs to fight off colds and flus. Kiwi can also help lower cholesterol and keep your bones and teeth strong.

 

Papaya

Papaya contains a powerful enzyme called papain. Papain is anti-inflammatory, and so it helps with healthy digestion and bolsters the immune system.

 

Pineapple

Pineapple contain the enzyme bromelain which has a number of health benefits. In addition to supporting healthy digestion, bromelain can help heal wounds, prevent blood clots, and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.

 

Grape

We’ve all heard the benefits of red wine, but grapes themselves contain disease-fighting compounds. Grapes contain the antioxidant resveratrol. Resveratrol helps the circulatory system by regulating blood pressure and preventing clots.



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