What’s better than sunbathing during a beautiful summer day and reaching for that refreshing bowl of fruit? Nothing! Not only do fruits taste amazing, but the amount of benefits that come from eating fruits is something everybody should be aware of. I did my research on the top 10 fruits you need to be eating. I broke down each of the benefits that they provide your body. By the end of this article, you may be adding more fruits to your diet.
Grapefruits are a great fruit to eat for the summer and bring with you throughout your busy day.
Grapefruits are filled with vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and fiber.
This fruit also has lots of antioxidants and phytochemicals. Eating them can also increase iron absorption in your body.
They also boost your body’s immune system, which is an easy way to help your body avoid catching the flu or cold, which is perfect to make sure your body is healthy.
If you’re looking to achieve that summer glow, grapefruits can help you with that too. A lot of people add grapefruit to their skin routine since it’s so high in antioxidants, it makes your skin brighter and more radiant. They also contain Lycopene, which helps reduce your skin’s redness as well as evening out your skin tone.
Yes- avocados are technically a fruit, even though some people still can’t believe it. Avocados have a huge list of health benefits that’ll definitely convince you to eat more of them so you can feel your best all summer. They can improve digestion, decrease the risk of depression, and protect against cancer.
They are the only fruit that contains a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Avocados are nutritionally dense and contain 20 vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C, E, K, and B-6.
If you’re not a big fan of the taste, there’s another way you can still get the benefits from avocados if you add them to your skincare routine. Avocado oil does wonders for the skin. Not only does it moisturize, but it also reduces some of the symptoms from eczema and psoriasis. It also works great to prevent and treat acne. Did you know it can also be used to treat sunburn? What better fruit for the summer than avocados.
Pomegranates have two compounds that are great for medicinal properties: Punicalagins- which is an antioxidant found in the juice and peel and Punicic Acid- which is found in the seed oil.
This fruit has great anti-inflammatory properties: protects you against heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and obesity.
Did you know pomegranates promote skin cell regeneration? You learn something new every day. It can aid in healing your skin and tissue repair. In order for you to feel at your best, so does your skin.
Are you left with dry skin after a sunburn? Well, the oil from pomegranate seeds can help moisturize your skin and get you back to feeling your best so you can enjoy the beach again.
With all of these benefits, how could I not include it in a top 10 fruits list?
Strawberries are a great immunity boost with their vitamin C. They can prevent cataracts from forming in your eyes. This fruit can help fight against cancer thanks to vitamin c.
A certain type of acid found in strawberries known as ellagic acid has also shown to prevent cancer: “Ellagic acid has been shown to yield anti-cancer properties like suppressing cancer cell growth.”
Not only are strawberries sweet to eat, but they can also bring out your skin’s natural glow as well as help fight acne. Just one serving of strawberries contains over 50% of your recommended vitamin c. They also protect your skin from UV damage, so attention to all the tanners out there, add strawberries to your diet. Your skin will thank you.
Cranberries aren’t just for the holidays, add cranberries to your regular diet and reap the benefits that this fruit provides. They can help the body to ward off UTI, ulcers, and gum disease.
They also promote heart health, decrease inflammation, and support your digestive health. Cranberries have high antioxidants and have been known to boost brain power by improving memory. They can fight tooth decay and nourish your skin.
Looking to tighten up your skin? Cranberries have you covered as they work hard to frim and tighten your skin. They also help to reduce the appearance of acne, which is great if you have some acne that just won’t go away in time for that summer BBQ. Cranberries also help with scars and dark spots too.
You may be less familiar with this particular fruit, but it shouldn’t be left out of the equation. Durian’s can boost your immune system, improve digestion, strengthen your bones, improve signs of anemia, lowers blood pressure, protects against cardiovascular diseases, helps thyroid health, reduces headaches, lowers anxiety and stress.
This spiky fruit can help your skin’s pigmentation as well as detoxify your skin cells and give you a beautiful glow. It also works to help remove dark spots and correct uneven skin tone. Your skin will shine brighter than the sun.
Did you know that olives are considered a fruit too? Olives are a good source of vitamin E and antioxidants. They contain healthy fats and can prevent loss of bone mineral density that causes osteoporosis. Olives are also great for your brain as it improves focus and memory. They can also lower blood pressure, soften your skin and hair.
Olive oil isn’t just for cooking, there are plenty of skincare benefits to it as well. There’s some research done that suggests olive oil can help fight off cancer cells caused by sunburns. What a great natural way for your skin to keep you healthy. Using olive oil for a moisturizer can help keep your skin at its smoothest.
As I’m typing this, I’m thinking about having guava while relaxing on the beach. Guavas can boost your immune system, reduce stress, keep your heart healthy, fight inflammation, improve eyesight, have anti-aging properties, and support your body’s microbiome, which provides your body with bacteria to digest your food, regulate your immune system and produce vitamins.
Guava can help treat dark spots and leaves your skin free of acne. Keep the leaves off of the guava to kill the acne-causing bacteria. Guava can also improve your skin tone and texture. You can also use the leaves on your skin to tighten it.
Papayas may be able to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. They can also fight against cancer, boost your immune system, and keep your heart healthy. Papayas can also lower blood sugar, improves digestion, improves eye health, and reduces inflammation.
Papayas can reduce wrinkles and under the eye dark circles. They can also clear the skin’s pigmentation, moisturize your skin, and fight acne. With so many benefits, why not start eating it for the summer?
Now for my personal favorite, cherries! Cherries have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, promote heart health, and can even help you sleep. They’re great to eat before you workout since they can boost your exercise performance. This fruit also supports gut health, improves skin and your immune system.
Your scalp will thank you for eating cherries this summer because cherries will keep your scalp hydrated so you can achieve that mermaid hair look for the summer.
Now that’s the cherry on top of this top 10 fruits list.
I have laid out the top 10 fruits that you need to eat this summer that provides amazing health benefits to you, but there are still so many fruits left uncovered. Comment down below which top 10 fruits are your favorite and what benefits they provide you. You can also tag us on social media @UYLMagazine with a picture of your favorite fruit.