Lychee

by admin on May 2, 2016

What is the Lychee?

Lychee by Wesley

(Photo by Wesley)

The lychee, laichi or lichu is a tropical fruit originally from Southern China. This low-calorie fruit has more Vitamin C than citrus fruits, as much fiber as an apple and potassium levels comparable to a banana.

The fruit is primarily found in the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Madagascar
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Phillipines
  • Southern Africa
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Some nutritional benefits are:

  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium

The fruit can help with:

  • Gastrointestinal Health
  • Overall wellness

A study found in the Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology publication done by a Chinese team, found that the fruit may have anti-breast cancer properties.

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How the Lychee fruit fights cancer

Inside of a Lychee

(Photo by Wesley)

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Banana Nutrition Facts

by admin on May 2, 2016

Bananas

Bananas

Banana Nutrition Facts

There is much to be said about banana nutrition facts. Below you will find a list of banana facts or facts about bananas. A disease or symptom is listed and then a description of a banana nutrition fact follows. Antioxidant-fruits.com is looking for information on the history of bananas. If you have any information, please contact us.

Depression: Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin helps you relax and improves your mood.

PMS: Bananas have a lot of B6, which helps to regulate blood glucose levels which affect mood.

Anemia: Bananas are high in iron and stimulate hemoglobin production, therefore they help with anemia.

Blood Pressure: US Food and Drug Administration just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist in learning by making students more alert.

Constipation: Since bananas are high in fiber, they help to overcome constipation. Therefore, helping the person without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas are a natural antacid as they coat the stomach lining.

Morning Sickness: Bananas between meals help to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: If you rub the affected area with the inside of a banana skin, the banana peel with help reduce swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Ulcers: Bananas are used as a dietary aid against intestinal disorders because of their soft texture and smoothness.

Temperature control: Bananas lower the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers.

Do you know more banana nutrition facts? Please share your banana facts with Antioxidant-fruits.com by contacting us.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: The B6, B12, potassium and magnesium in bananas help the body recover from effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: The potassium found in bananas helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance.

Warts: If you take the skin of a banana and place it on a wart, with the yellow side out, it will help get rid of the wart. Be sure to carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

Do you have more banana facts? If so, please share any banana nutrition facts with us!.

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Wolfberry

by admin on April 28, 2016

Wolfberry

Wolfberry

Although the wolfberry’s (also the goji berry) original habitat is unknown, researchers believe its origins are southeastern Europe or southwest Asia. China is the country that produces the berry the most. The berry contains lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) which helps the berry protect and repair cellular DNA. The berry is also an excellent source of 18 amino acids and 21 trace minerals. Like the acai berry, it helps with sexual health, a natural viagra, if you will.

Some nutritional benefits of goji berry are:

  • LBP
  • Vitamins
  • Amino Acids
  • Minerals

The berry can help with:

  • Damaged DNA
  • Sexual Dysfunction

In 2006, the World Journal of Gastroenterology suggested that extracts from the berry help prevent the proliferation and induce the self-destruct mechanism (apoptosis) of certain types of liver cancer cells.

How the Wolfberry fights cancer

Growing Goji Berry

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Kiwi Fruit

by admin on April 28, 2016

What is the Kiwi Fruit?

Kiwi Photo by George Holt
Kiwi Image by George Holt

The Kiwi Fruit was made famous in New Zealand, but originates from the Actinidia, which is native to Southern China. The fruit has a green-brown skin and inside is bright green flesh with rows of small black seeds. Kiwi has the ability to protect cell DNA from oxidant-related damage and it protects cardiovascular health. In addition to its protective qualities, kiwi provides generous amounts of vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C, trace minerals and dietary fiber. Its potassium levels are slightly less than that of a banana.

Some nutritional benefits of the fruit are:

  • Vitamins
  • Fiber
  • Minerals

The fruit can help with:

  • Damaged DNA
  • Eye Problems
  • Cardiovascular conditions

How the Kiwi fights cancer

Kiwi by Jacki Mroczkowski
Kiwi by Jacki Mroczkowski

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Fruit Fighting Cancer

by admin on April 27, 2016

Fruit Fighting Cancer

pomegranateAll of us have seen far too many family members and other people contract cancer in some form or another.

Here are the basic facts about cancer:

  • Most cancers begin as the result free radical damage to our cells
  • Chronic inflammation is associated with cancer

Here are the basic facts about fruit:

  • Fruit provides high amounts of antioxidants and antioxidants prevent free radical damage
  • Antioxidants prevent chronic inflammation
Acai Berry

Acai Berry

1. Acai Berry– Has been shown to trigger a self-destruct mechanism in 86% of leukemia cells
2. Purple Grapes– Have been shown to inhibit the formation of cancer cells by limiting the activity of certain types of free radicals
3. Wolfberry– Has been shown to trigger a self-destructing mechanism in certain types of liver cancer cells
4. Pomegranate– Has been shown to be effective in fighting colon cancer.
5. Kiwi Fruit– Has been shown to have a protective effect on DNA, which could prevent certain forms of cancer
6. Aronia Berry– Has been shown to be effective in fighting colon cancer.
7. Lychee Fruit– Has been shown to trigger a self-destructing mechanism in breast cancer cells
8. Blueberry– Has been shown to have a protective effect on DNA, which could prevent certain forms of cancer.

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Blueberry

by admin on April 25, 2016

Blueberries on Vine

Blueberry

Before the acai berry, the blueberry was touted as having very high antioxidant values when compared to other fresh fruits and vegetables. Now, this berry is still up there, but not in comparison to the acai berry as far as the ORAC Value is concerned. The anthocyanins in the berries are the chemicals responsible for its antioxidant and anti-inflamatory properties.

Some nutritional benefits are:

It can help with:

  •  Heart Disease
  • Memory Loss
  • Urinary Tract Infections

In June 2006, Pharmacology and Biochemical Behavoir published a study which showed that diet supplementation with blueberries improved performance on memory tasks in mice. Also, the berry’s polyphenols help give it a protective effect on DNA damage.

How it fights cancer

Thinking about cooking with them? You can always check out my Fruit Recipe Page to find unique recipes of specific fruits found on this site.

There is also a great site that offers recipes on pancakes: blueberry pancake recipe, there are also recipes for muffins and pie.

Berries in Prague

Look at these berries in a Prague market! YUM! Thank you to Karin Eriksson for letting us post this! Please visit her site to see more wonderful photos: www.karineriksson.se

Do you have a fun story or a fun fact about blueberries?  If so, go ahead and leave a comment about them below.

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Benefits of Antioxidants

by admin on April 24, 2016

Benefits of Antioxidants

Fruits are known to bear a large number of and to have many benefits of antioxidants. In fact, the berry that packs the most antioxidant punch is the Brazilian Acai Berry. To learn more about this berry, please click here: Benefits of Antioxidants and the Acai Fruit.

Scientists believe that Antioxidants help repair the stress that is caused by oxidation, the natural process that happens during normal cell function. During the oxidation process, a small number of cells become damaged and turn into free radicals. This starts a chain reaction that harms more cells and possibly results in disease. Unaddressed free radical activity has been linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Some of the most readily available fruits that are richest in Antioxidants and that give the Benefits of Antioxidants are cranberries, blueberries and blackberries. Apples, dried fruits, peaches, mangos and melons all score high on the antioxidant chart. Antioxidant-fruits.com looks at fruits that aren’t as readily available as these.

However, while all these foods are high in Antioxidants, they aren’t always helpful, since a big portion of their aid is dependent on our bodies and how we absorb these antioxidants. The concept is called “bioavailability”, explains researcher Ronald Prior, PhD, a chemist and nutritionist with the USDA’s Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center in Little Rock, Ark. He authored a landmark antioxidant study.

Bioavailability has to do with absorption or metabolism in the gut,” Prior explains. “What’s absorbed will be impacted by the mechanical structure of different antioxidants in food — if they’re tied up with fiber or if they have sugar molecules attached.”

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ORAC

by admin on April 23, 2016

ORAC: Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity

The ORAC Value of a food is the measurement of Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity.  The higher the score, the more capable that particular food is of destroying free radicals, thus retarding the aging process and other diseases.

The Value is a laboratory measurement and its relevance to the diet is unclear.

There are a number of foods that contain this value, incluing: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and many other foods. Brightly colored foods are good indicators of Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. Nearly all the this value is found in the skin of these foods.

This Rating of a food is synonymous with the antioxidant value.

ORAC Chart

The Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity Value chart shows that all antioxidant capacity measures are estimated by Ferric Reducing Power and are expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent (TE) per 100 grams or 3.53 ounces, accurate to ±5%. Below are links to more information about these special antioxidant fruits and how they can help us live longer and reduce our aging process:

Acai
Prunes
Blueberries
Red Grapes
Cherry

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Phytonutrients – What Are Phytonutrients?

by admin on April 21, 2016

Phytonutrients – What Are Phytonutrients?

Phytonutrients are organic components of plants, and these components are thought to promote human health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are rich sources of them.

There are 9 major classes of them. They are:

  • Carotenoids
  • Flavonoids (Polyphenols) including Isoflavones (Phytoestrogens)
  • Inositol Phosphates (Phytates)
  • Lignans (Phytoestrogens)
  • Isothiocyanates and Indoles
  • Phenols and Cyclic Compounds
  • Saponins
  • Sulfides and Thiols
  • Terpenes

When it comes to antioxidant fruits, some of these classes do not apply. The ones that do are:

  • Carotenoids – are the red, orange and yellow pigments in fruits and vegetables. Fruits that are high in carotenoids appear to protect humans against certain cancers, heart disease and age related macular degeneration.
  • Flavonoids (Polyphenols) – Polyphenols are compounds that are a natural component of a wide variety of plants. Fruits rich in polyphenols are purple grapes, bilberries and cranberries. Polyphenols can be classified as non-flavonoids and flavonoids. Ellagic acid is a non-flavonoid. A source of this is bilberries. Anthocyanins, flavones, flavonols are flavonoids and sources include many antioxidant fruits.

Phytonutrients serve as antioxidants, enhance immune response, enhance cell-to-cell communication, convert to vitamin A (beta-carotene is metabolized to vitamin A), cause cancer cells to die, repair DNA damage caused by smoking and other toxic exposures and detoxify carcinogens through the activation of the cytocrome P450 and Phase II enzyme systems.To read more in depth about them, click the following link which will take you to the USDA’s website and FAQs about them.

To read more in depth about them, take a look at the USDA’s website and FAQs about phytonutrients.

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Aronia_berries-lucy-ruimt-op2What is the aronia berry?

The aronia berry, also called the black chokeberry(Aronia melancarpa/Aronia melanocarpa), is one well-kept secret. Due in part to its powerful antioxidant properties, this fruit has a lot to offer. Aronia berries range in pigment from red to a darker purple and even black. Although the plant that the berry grows on is native to the Americas, most people are not familiar with it. Aronia berries are more frequently eaten in Eastern Europe. This is because the peoples of the area have traditionally used the fruit, recognizing how much it can help with heart conditions. Even Native Americans have traditionally used the fruit, but in their case, for the purpose of dying clothing or eating and drinking.

Health Benefits of Aronia Berry

So what are some benefits of consuming this fruit? This berry provides the following nutrients when consumed: anthocyanins, polyphenols, quinic acid, vitamins (C for example), minerals, and flavonols.

Some nutritional benefits are:

  • Polyphenols
  • Anthocyanins
  • Quinic Acid
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Flavonols

The quinic acid concentration of aronia berries is actually ten times that of cranberries. Although cranberries are most often used to prevent urinary tract infections, aronia berries are more successful at it due to this aforementioned high quinic acid content. In 2006, a study was conducted by the University of Maryland that found choke berries’ antioxidant properties may help to prevent the damage that results from colon cancer. The following is a list of problems that the aronia berry has been used to both treat and prevent:

Diabetes: Aronia berry juice can lead to lower blood glucose concentrations after consumption.
Inflammation: Because aronia berry is such a powerful antioxidant, it can relieve inflammation that results from oxidative stress.
Cardiovascular Ailments: By neutralizing free radicals, cardiovascular disease is less of a risk.
Circulatory Problems: The anthocyanins in aronia berries strengthen blood vessels while promoting healthy blood flow.
UTI: Aronia berry’s high quinic acid content prevents UTIs in people who eat the berry regularly.
Influenza (Flu): Aronia berry has been established as having antiviral properties.
Certain Types of Cancer: Fruits with antioxidant properties are able to slow the growth of cancer and sometimes even destroy the malignant tumors.

Aronia Berries by Lakeladyjeanne

The fruit was commonly used by the Native Americans for the color as well as for fresh consumption. It is used in jelly making, candies, pie and cookie fillings, yogurt, sorbet and flavored milk.

The berry’s juice is extremely tart, so the natural juice is best sweetened. When sweetened it is a cross between a blueberry and a blackberry. The actual juice has a very dark purple color.

The author of The Aronia Berry Blog, mentioned that he found this statement about the berry’s bush:

“This shrub is so beautiful, easy to grow and so productive that it will become a staple in American backyards, as it has in Eastern Europe. In Europe and recently in the U.S. it is being widely used in delicious juices, soft drinks, jams and wine. It’s not an “aronia’s conclusion” that this, and the seabuckthorn, are the most productive fruiting bushes in captivity. The fruit is tart eaten fresh even when fully ripe. It is very high in Vitamin C. It is native to the U.S., but the best varieties were bred in Europe.”

The high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) Value of the fruit is a result of the high amount of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins within it. These are the chemicals that cause the fruit to be such a dark color. They are also the chemicals responsible for aronia berry’s antioxidant properties. When you see a darker colored fruit, you can bet it is likely rich in antioxidants.

ORAC Chart

How to Eat the Fruit

The best ways to reap aronia berry benefits are to use it for jelly making, candies, yogurt, pie fillings, sorbets, and flavored milk. It’s easy to aronia berries to many different meals; all you have to do is experiment a bit. You can find where to buy aronia berries online thanks to websites like Amazon.com, where they have deals on aronia berry concentrate to add to your favorite beverages. Many of these concentrates feature natural, organic sweeteners to tone down the astringent taste and make the juice of the berry much easier to get down.

Where to Buy Aronia Berries

Learn more about the Berry and its benefits, uses and availability:

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