Heart Boosters You’ll Love
If summer had an official fruit, watermelon would be it. Say the word “summer” to almost any kid in America, and they’ll think of a sweet, juicy slice of watermelon. And no barbecue would be complete unless it was capped off with a thick slice.
But watermelon is just one summer fruit. And recent studies offer some good reasons to enjoy these summer treats at every opportunity.
For instance, there are “pit fruits” peaches, nectarines and plums. Fresh-picked and bursting with flavor, they’re hard to beat. And when it comes to your heart, it turns out they’re hard to beat, too.
Researchers at Texas A&M University discovered these fruits contain natural compounds that fight health issues that can lead to heart trouble.
Pit fruits contain four of these compounds called phenolics. Each one works through a different cellular pathway. So you’re getting four different health boosts at once.
According to the researchers, these phenolics:
- Discourage blood sugar problems
- Soothe the systemic irritation caused by excess fat
- Help fight weight gain
- Support lower levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol, the kind that clogs arteries1
Choose fresh, locally grown fruit whenever you can. And if there’s organic fruit available, that’s the way to go. (I’ll explain why in a few moments.)
There’s more good news for fruit lovers. And it comes in the form of strawberries.
Like other berries, strawberries are high in antioxidants. But a team at Britain’s Warwick Medical School has discovered strawberries have another advantage.
Strawberries activate a protein in your body, called Nrf2, that has several positive effects.2
First, Nrf2 increases your built-in antioxidant defenses. Nrf2 also promotes lower levels of blood fats and cholesterol.
Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants themselves. So activating Nrf2 is like calling in reinforcements. And giving your heart an extra layer of defenses.
Again, fresh, local berries are better both for flavor and quality. And organic strawberries are best.
You probably know that most commercial growers use chemical fertilizers and pesticides on their crops. And that neither is good for human health.
But did you know that summer fruits, especially peaches and strawberries, are some of the most contaminated foods on the market? Eating conventionally grown fruits usually includes getting an unwanted dose of pesticides, even if you wash the fruit before eating.
That’s a good reason for eating organic. But there’s another reason. Organic fruits are more nutritious.
For example, Spanish researchers recently demonstrated that organic tomatoes are higher in phenolic compounds than conventionally grown tomatoes. (Yes, tomatoes are a fruit.) And the main reason is simple.
Organic produce has to fight harder to survive. Without pesticides and other chemicals, organic fruits and vegetables naturally develop higher levels of antioxidants and other defensive compounds.
When you eat organic, they pass this benefit on to you.
Once they’re picked, fruits and vegetables also begin losing some of their nutrients. Local produce is fresher. So choosing locally grown organic fruit ensures you get the maximum heart-health benefit from these delicious summer treats.
Yours in good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 “Peaches, Plums, Nectarines Give Obesity, Diabetes Slim Chance,” ScienceDaily. Jun 18, 2012.
2 “Game, set and match to strawberries,” Warwick Medical School. Juy 4, 2012.
3 “Organic tomatoes contain higher levels of antioxidants than conventional tomatoes,” Universidad de Barcelona. Jul 3, 2012.