Bell Peppers

red, organge, yellow and green bell-peppers

Bell Peppers

red bell peppers - pimentones rojos Bell peppers contain a very broad range of antioxidants including vitamin E and manganese, as well as twice the amount of vitamin C of a typical orange. Bell peppers also include these phytonutrients: Flavonoids: luteolin, quercetin, hesperidin; Carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin; Hydroxycinnamic Acids: ferulic acid, cinnamic acid. (Source: World’s Healthiest Foods)

Dragonfruit

Dragonfruits contain polyphenols and a variety of healthful fatty acids including Linolenic acid, Linoleic acid, Palmitoleic acid, Stearic acid and Myristic acid.

Avocado

Avocado

avocado

Avocado is fatty fruit that is excellent for your health. It has a buttery taste that combines well with many foods. If the avocado is overly ripe, use it in your hair instead of on your plate.

Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins such as folic acid. Avocados are high in healthy fats such as oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid, and studies have shown that consuming avocados regulates blood cholesterol (increasing HDL “good” cholesterol while decreasing LDL “bad” cholesterol)

Strawberries

Strawberry Fresa

Strawberries
Strawberries

Strawberries have lots of vitamin C, manganese, and essential unsaturated fatty acids. Strawberries also contain anti-inflammatory phytochemicals (such as polyphenols, flavonoids and phenolic acids) that help prevent both cancer and heart disease.

Kiwi

Kiwi fruit
Kiwi
Kiwi

Kiwis are high in vitamin C, plus vitamins E and K, potassium and magnesium, and the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Kiwis have been shown to prevent blood clotting as effectively as aspirin, with no side effects. The skin is edible and nutrient-dense.

Apples

Apple

Apples

Apples help regulate your blood sugar. Apples are loaded with phytonutrients including polyphenols,
which help prevent spikes in blood sugar several ways.

Recent research has discovered that the polyphenols in apples can stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to secrete insulin, helping diabetics and pre-diabetics.

The polyphenols also lessen absorption of glucose from the digestive tract, and stimulate the insulin receptors, increasing the uptake of glucose from the blood.

Also, the flavonoids like quercetin that apples contain inhibit enzymes (including alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase) which help break down complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. When these enzymes are inhibited, your blood will have fewer simple sugars.

Apples are among the alkalizing fruits. Unfortunately, apples are often covered in pesticides. If you cannot get organic apples, you may have to cut off the skin, sacrificing some of the nutrients (and cutting off the skin will not eliminate the pesticides that have been absorbed into the flesh of the apple, so the only real solution is to buy or grow your own organic apples).