Summer is prime season for some of the juiciest and most delicious fresh fruits. These fruits are chock-full of vitamins and nutrients providing significant health benefits. Here are seven summertime favorites and their health benefits, provided by the senior care experts at North Houston Home Care Assistance.
Mangos are full of vitamin C and folate that may prevent the formation of free radicals linked to certain types of cancer. Mangos are also linked to decreased risks of both macular degeneration and colon cancer.
Watermelon is high in vitamin C, which is vital to the production of collagen that provides structure to hair and skin. The high water, electrolyte, and fiber content in watermelons also promote bowel regularity and prevent dehydration.
The nectarine gets its orange-red color from beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. The body turns beta-carotene into vitamin A to help maintain healthy skin, teeth, and bones. Nectarines are also high in dietary fiber that promotes regularity, and potassium that’s necessary for electrical and cellular function in the body.
Apricots are packed with vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. These vitamins and minerals are necessary for eye health, proper immune system function, and maintaining healthy blood pressure.
Plums are high in potassium that can help regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Plums are also a low glycemic index food and can aid in controlling blood sugar.
Raspberries are rich in a phytochemical called ellagic acid, which may help prevent cancer. Raspberries are also another good source of dietary fiber.
Certain phytochemicals in cherries are known to lower inflammation in the body. Cherries are also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, and flavonoids that can help fight diseases and boost the cardiovascular system.
To learn more about senior health and wellness, reach out to Home Care Assistance of North Houston. Our expertly trained hourly and live-in caregivers can grocery shop, cook, perform light housework, provide transportation, and encourage other healthy lifestyle habits to promote a high quality of life during all seasons. Call 832-412-1345 today to speak with a friendly Care Manager and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.