The Best Fruits & Vegetables to Eat

Some of the most important vitamins and minerals are found in fruits and vegetables. While increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet can have overall health benefits, a few fruits and vegetables rise above the others as excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. Many of these surprisingly common super-foods fight cancer, lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system and protect the aging brain.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains plenty of beneficial vitamins and minerals. This vegetable is a powerful cancer-fighting food that can also boost the immune system. Broccoli can be put in salads, dipped in vegetable dip, or cooked and mixed with a variety of other foods like chicken.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are full of the antioxidant lycopene, which is an effective cancer-fighting antioxidant. Tomatoes have plenty of vitamins, such as vitamin A and vitamin K. They're also good for lowering blood pressure.

Carrots

Carrots are famous for being good for the eyes. Carrots also have just the right nutrients for healthy skin and hair. They are rich in antioxidants and they also contain a high amount of vitamin C.

Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the top richest of antioxidants. They also have acids that protect the heart, lower blood pressure and keep the eyes from becoming exhausted. Blueberries are also the best fruits for slowing down the aging of the brain.

Squash

Squash is a food that seems engineered to help those with arthritis and asthma due to the anti-inflammatory nutrients found within squash. Squash also has a lot of potassium and magnesium.

Apricots

Apricots contain a whole assortment of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, E, potassium and iron. Apricots protect against cancer, keep the heart healthy, strengthen the lungs and lower cholesterol.

Eggplant

Eggplant has a unique compound that protects brain cells from damage. Eggplants also help the heart, keep the digestive system regular and reduce the risk of stroke and dementia thanks to their fiber and potassium.

Bananas

Bananas are full of carbohydrates, which make them a great source of energy in the morning. Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium and they also contain a lot of fiber.

Onions

While onions might make the breath smell bad, they keep the heart healthy. Onions also fight diabetes and osteoporosis.

Apple

Apples have the interesting ability of protecting the body against the damages of tobacco smoke. Apples have antioxidants that fight a variety of cancers and they are also good for the heart. They are also a really good source of fiber.

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About this Author

Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer for two years. He has a B.S. in Literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written three ebooks so far: Karate You Can Teach Your Kids, Macadamia Growing Handout and The Raw Food Diet.