Published: 08/20/2013 - Updated: 07/26/2017
Author: Miriam Reyes
Fruit therapy is defined as the study and application of substances in fruits and vegetables that may be beneficial to health and, in some cases, have a therapeutic effect. This also includes their nutritional properties and the amount of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fats which are free of side effects.
Such information is generally applicable primarily to treat nutritional deficiencies, however, fruits are not only food supplements, but they also have substances known as phytochemicals (terpenes, carotenoids, liminidos, and phytosterols).
- Cures nutritional deficiencies such as scurvy
- Helps to improve our health
- Detoxifies our body
- It is a rich source of anti-oxidants
- Prevents diseases such as dyslipidemia
- Improves our digestion
Health after each serving of fruit
Each fruit is different and therefore, the variety will bring different benefits. Here is a list of some fruits with their therapeutic indications:
Cranberries: Fruits of the forest that contain numerous antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and to a lesser extent B complex as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. They are often used to prevent urinary tract infections and in some cases to prevent and treat hypertension.
Olive: It has a laxative effect, and improves hepatobiliary function. It is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and is also a source of essential fatty acids.
Banana: Known for its potassium content, banana contains vitamins C and B12, as well as magnesium, silicon and zinc. It is commonly used to treat muscle cramps but may also be useful against stress.
Coconut: Rich in vitamins A, B1, E, as well as minerals such as iron, sodium and barium. Coconut is usually used for muscle tension, strengthening nails and teeth, nourishing the skin and is useful against parasites.
Strawberry: It is diuretic, helps prevent cavities and is recommended in cases of arthritis and anemia. Rich in vitamins E, K and A as well as formic acid and oxalic acid.
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Cherry: This fruit has laxative and diuretic properties, is a source of vitamins like A, B1, B2 and B6 and minerals such as magnesium, sodium and potassium. It can be useful in cases of gout, arthritis and bad memory.
Peach: Contains malic acid and oxalic acid, as well as Vitamin C and A. May be useful in cases of rheumatism and lung diseases, as well as eczema. Exerts a laxative effect.
Apple: A fruit appreciated by many, it helps combat stress and is useful to maintain the hemostatic balance in the body. Rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, C and fibre, the apple offers many benefits to our body. In cases of insomnia, eating an apple or two before bedtime may help you fall asleep. It also helps reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Plum: Among some of its properties, we can mention nutritional vitamins A and C as well as minerals such as manganese, sulfur and chlorine. This is usually indicated to treat cases of constipation and hemorrhoids. Due to its high content of fibre, it can also help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and is astringent.
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Guava: A fruit rich in vitamin A, C, tannic acid and niacin. Often recommended in cases of hypertension and incontinence.
Watermelon: Rich in vitamin C and minerals such as sulfur and magnesium, watermelon has a diuretic effect and its use is recommended for people who suffer from gout or arthritis.
Lemon: A citrus that has a surprisingly good source of vitamin A, C and B complex. Lemon is recommended for treating common colds, scurvy, lack of appetite and many other conditions.
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