Red Is Not Just The Colour Of Love But Health As Well

By: Niharika Choudhary
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Did you know that not only an apple but many of the fruits and vegetables that are red in colour can help you stay away from the doctor? Yes, you read it right!

These fruits and vegetables, all red in colour or associated colours, are powerhouses and have huge reserves of antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanins.

These antioxidants present in these fruits and vegetables fight the free radicals in the body and in turn help us fight against diseases like cardiovascular diseases and prostate cancer. They also decrease the risk of stroke and macular degeneration in the body.

These brightly coloured fruits and vegetables not only brighten up your mood but also produce certain disease-fighting phytochemicals.

These are also a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and lots of fibre.

So, here we are sharing the 10 best fruits and vegetables that have amazing results on your health. Hence, make sure you have loads of these fresh red fruits and veggies on your plate the next time.

Red Apples

An apple a day doesn't only keep the doctor away, but is a reservoir of antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fibre. It manages your diabetes, helps in preventing lung, colon, breast and liver cancers. It also lowers the cholesterol build-up in the body, helps in weight reduction and is an excellent teeth cleanser.

Tomatoes

They are a great source of vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum, vitamin E and vitamin K with a touch of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also rich in potassium, copper, manganese and dietary fibre. The antioxidant named lycopene helps fight against skin ageing and is also helpful in treating cancer and heart disease.

Pomegranates

These fruits come loaded with high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols and lots of antioxidants that help in protecting against heart disease, arthritis, cancer and erectile dysfunction. Pomegranate may help to reduce the build-up of plaque in arteries and lower the blood pressure.

This may also interest you that a glass full of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine or green tea.

Red Grapes

These beautiful little fruits are a great source of flavonoids, folate, calcium, iron and phosphorus. Red grapes are reservoirs of an antioxidant named resveratrol, which has excellent anti-ageing properties and helps fight against other kinds of skin disorders.

Cherries

Cherries are full of antioxidants named anthocyanin. They also help fight against gout, arteries, cancer and diabetes. Cherries are also a good source of potassium and vitamin A and are also packed with fibres.

Watermelon

Watermelon is not only a refreshing fruit, but is also a power bank of vitamins A, B6 and C. It is also a good source of amino acids and antioxidants called lycopene. Lycopene is beneficial in decreasing heart disease and cholesterol, it also improves the blood vessel function and lowers the risk of stroke.

Beets

Beetroot provides 19 percent of your daily need of folate. It also contains vitamin B needed for the growing of new cells. Betanin present in beetroot is a phytochemical that supports immunity.

Red Peppers

Chillies are packed with the good antioxidant called capsaicin, it protects the blood vessels. Capsaicin increases our body's metabolism and stimulates our brain chemicals that help us fight hunger pangs. This can be added in your diet to help reduce weight.

Strawberries

They are loaded with folate and vitamin C. Vitamin C present in strawberries fuels our immune system. Folate or folic acid works great in child-bearing women by reducing the risk of certain birth defects and it also boosts heart health.

Cranberries

These tiny but power-packed berries can stop bacteria responsible for causing many stomach ulcers from sticking to the urinary tract walls. They are rich in proanthocyanidins and vitamin C.

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Story first published: Friday, February 26, 2016, 6:00 [IST]
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