The "nutritional bang" needed by the body for growth in fighting such illness like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Here's the power list:
Not entirely unfamiliar to Filipinos as they can actually be found in Chinese groceries preserved or dried. However, it is still relatively rare because of its short fruiting season. It's source of power? It has lots of beta-carotene that helps prevent free-radical damage.
Introduced to the Philippines from South America, the tasty avocado has oleic acid, a fat that helps lower bad cholesterol and increases the good one.
This berry is obviously hard to find in the Philippines and may even have to be ordered from the supermarket in advance. It has ellagic acid which seems to stall cancer-cell growth, plus tons of Vitamin C.
Can't get hold of raspberries? Better get the mango instead. Mangoes are plentiful in the country and are a sure source of Vitamin C. It may also help prevent arthritis and boosts the healing and the immune systems.
Although seasonal, the cantaloupe is readily available in the local market. Although the banana may be touted as the "complete" fruit, the cantaloupe nonetheless beats it when it comes to potassium content--it has twice the amount. Potassium helps lower blood pressure.
Readily available canned or in bottles, cranberry juice prevents bacterial growth and fights bladder infection. Drink as is or with sugar. It can also be diluted with water for a milder taste.
The power of this "love fruit" justly rest on lycopene--one of the strongest carotenoids that act as an antioxidant. Research shows that lycopene actually cuts the risk of bladder. Stomach and colon cancers. One thing to remember, eat tomatoes with a little fat as lycopene is best absorbed that way.
Bet you didnt consider these dried grapes to be chockfull of nutrients. Well, they are full of iron--a mineral that-women most especially--need for helping the blood transport oxygen through-out the body.
Figs have Vitamin B6, a vitamin that is responsible for the production of serotonin. It lowers cholesterol and helps prevent water retention. Women on the pill (which depletes Vitamin B6) may find eating figs helpful. Also, figs have lots of potassium and fiber.
LEMONS AND LIMES.
These citrus varieties have limonene, furocoumarins and Vitamin C--all of which help prevent cancer. Of course, drinking lemonades may be one of the most pleasant ways of taking in the nutrients of lemons and limes. However, squeezing them on salads, fish and vegetables is another way of ingesting their helpful nutrients.