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Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances found in most plants and have the potential to help combat heart diseases and fight cancer. These compounds are found in everyday fruits and vegetables we use regularly but can work with our own nutrients to provide help in protecting us from many illnesses, medical conditions and serious disease. Discoveries are being made at an almost daily rate with over 900 compounds catalogued already; the face of healthcare is changing, hopefully forever.
There has been a whole host of discoveries made into the properties of these phytonutrients including the anti-aging power of blueberries and the effect that cherries have on reducing joint pain, to name only two. But is doesn't stop there as blueberries also contain a lower sugar content than most other fruits as well as many antioxidants.
For many people eating fruit does not come easily but drinking the juice is much more pleasant and an efficient way to get the goodness from the fruit into our systems to help our circulation and increase our ability to combat illness. Infection is also reduced as are the chances of disease from the powerful antioxidants they contain.
Even the humble apple is not immune with properties to help ward of heart problems. Lemons, limes and other citrus fruits to are proving to have many antioxidant properties as well.
The combination of phytonutrients in cherries is proving to have properties that can help sufferers of joint pain and fibromyalgia. Most of us have already heard about the antioxidant benefits that certain minerals and vitamins like B, c and E provide and are now very widely used in products.
The Phytoalexin, resveratrol has many anti-viral and anti-infection properties used by plants, a number of which are helpful to people and found in blueberries, mulberries and blackberries. These phytonutrients seem to benefit the elderly with many properties that help reduce conditions found in aging like Alzheimer's, heart disease, blood pressure and stoke.
Tomatoes are another fruit that contains phytonutrients that can help prevent to the onset of certain cancers as well as heart conditions. Although quite large quantities are needed so using tomato juice, puree or sauce which are all concentrates has been found to be the best way to increase the level of the antioxidants in our food.
Even the humble water melon, so refreshing on a hot summer's day, has now been found to have some of the most important and powerful phytonutrients available naturally. Now that this information has been made available, are you going to wait to have a serious condition before you start consuming more fruit?