Siddhesh Joshi

Healthy Fruits Health Benefits

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Eating an apple daily reduces the risk of lung cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer. Red apple peel also contains many antioxidants that have cancer-fighting (antiproliferative) properties. Phytochemicals in apples (hydroxycinnamic acids, D-glucaric acid, oligomeric procyanidins) help in preventing mutations, promoting the demise of cancerous growths and limiting cancer spread.


Bananas Have antacid effects they maintain electrolyte balance and protect against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage. Compounds in the fruit help create a thicker mucus barrier, thus protecting against effects of stomach acids.

The potassium found in bananas also counteracts increased urinary calcium loss caused by high-salt diets, thus preventing bones from thinning out at a fast rate.


Cranberries are heart-healthy, improving blood vessel function and protecting against heart attack or stroke. Pterostilbene, a powerful antioxidant compound found in cranberries helps lower cholesterol.

They also help prevent cancer. Phytonutrients in cranberries protect from breast cancer and their proanthocyanidins are toxic to cancer cells, blocking tumour growths in the lung, prostate, breast and leukemia cancer cells.


Resveratrol in grapes keeps the heart muscle healthy by increasing blood flow to the brain; it also lowers the risk of Alzheimers and helps protect against prostate, lung, liver and breast cancer by inhibiting events that lead to cancer initiation, promotion, and progression.

In addition, saponins and pterostilbene in grapes help lower cholesterol.

Purple grape juice and red wines are anti-bacterial.


Oranges are heart-healthy their potassium content helps lower blood pressure, protecting against stroke and cardiac arrhythmias. Whats more, polymethoxylated flavones (PMF) found in citrus fruit peels lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects.

Limonin in oranges and other citrus fruits help fight mouth cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer and colon cancer. Limonin is a potent anti-carcinogen that may continuously prevent cancerous cells from proliferating.

Oranges also help prevent kidney stones. They help increase urinary pH value and increase citric acid excretion, reducing the risk of calcium oxalate stones forming.

And a daily glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can significantly lower your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.


Papayas powerful antioxidants help prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, while its fibre helps reduce high cholesterol levels.

The fruit protects against colon and prostate cancer. Its fibre binds to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon, preventing them from damaging colon cells and reducing the risk of cancer. Its  vitamins, beta carotene and folates are synergistic and protect colon cells from free radical damage to their DNA. The lycopene content, on the other hand, reduces the risk of prostrate cancer.

Papain in papaya reduces inflammation, reducing the severity of symptoms of conditions like asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


The phenols in strawberries provide potent antioxidant protection; phenols have heart protective, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties. Overactivity of the enzyme COX leads to inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis and cancer. Phenols lessen the activity of this enzyme.

Studies state that ellagitannin in strawberries also help reduce the overall risk of cancer and their phytonutrients in particular significantly inhibit the proliferation of liver cancer cells.


Watermelon also reduces damage caused in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by neutralising free radicals.

Lycopene in the fruit has antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties and protects the DNA inside white blood cells. Lycopene helps prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancers.

Watermelon consumption also helps reduce the severity of asthma attacks; its antioxidants help reduce the airway spasm that occurs in asthma by neutralising free radicals. Free radicals add to the severity of asthma attacks by causing airways to clamp down and close.


Aids digestion: Mangoes contain several enzymes that help in breaking down protein. This is the reason people eat mangoes after a hearty meal. The fibrous content of the fruit along with vitamins, minerals and probiotic dietary fibre help digest food easily.

Helps in diabetes: The fruit also contains a surprisingly low glycemic index (41-60), thus eating it in moderate quantities will not suddenly elevate your sugar levels.

Lowers cholesterol: The fiber, Vitamin C and pectin in mangoes helps lower serum cholesterol levels, especially the harmful Low-Density Lipoprotein commonly known as bad cholesterol.

Good for eyes: The high content of vitamin A found in Mangoes is great for eyes since the vitamin can help prevent night blindness and dry eyes. A cupful of the fruit supplies 25 percent of the daily need of vitamin A.

Aphrodisiac: Besides having high vitamin E which is a mild form of aphrodisiac, mangoes also have compounds that act like the hormone estrogen and thus has an aphrodisiac effect for both men and women.

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