Red is a really vibrant color for good health especially this time of year as all the berries and summer fruits are in season and tomatoes are beginning to ripen on the vine. Mother Nature is very good to our plates and our palettes and all we need to do is incorporate a little red into our daily diet to get some amazing health benefits.
• Lycopene – has been found to possess powerful antioxidant properties and numerous studies suggest that high intake of foods rich in lycopene can help reduce the risk of cancer (particularly prostate cancer), cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration.
• Resveratrol – rich in polyphenols, resveratrol is thought to be the key ingredient in red wine could be linked to a reduced risk of inflammation that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol and prevents blood clots.
• Flavonoids – are powerful anti-oxidants that are naturally occurring in plant pigments. Like the more common antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E and beta carotene, flavonoids wage war on cell-damaging free radicals, and the many benefits include are reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and stroke. Flavonoids may play a special role in protecting the brain and scientists have found that certain flavonoids have antihistamine, antimicrobial, memory and even mood-enhancing properties.
So to make sure you fill your shopping basket full of a good selection of red fruits and veggies:
Raspberries – are a good source of Vitamin K and magnesium, as well as being rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Strawberries – are an…