The season for a plate full of hot samosas and bhajjiyas is finally here. Along with smiles in faces and excitement of enjoying tea and samosa, rain always bring loads of diseases such as blocked nose, water-borne infections and skin allergies. Moreover, because of the high humidity levels, our digestive system takes quite a beating in this season.
Following a healthy lifestyle can be proved to be beneficial in preventing and combating all sort of ailments and diseases, food scientist Shefali Bhardwaj, who is the chief operations officer at IG International, itemized some fruits that are effective in protecting you against season-specific ailments.
Bhardwaj said, “The pouring weather is known to increase humidity in the atmosphere besides raising water clogging issues, both of which become the breeding ground for germs and insects,” she added “This makes it crucial for the body to strengthen its immune system and fight diseases and infections with appropriate intake of essential vitamins and antioxidants.”
Pomegranates: This fruit infused in nutrient helps to improve immunity, and is mainly vital in the monsoon season. Pomegranates consist of three types of antioxidants — tannins, ellagic acid and anthocyanins. The seeds in it are the powerhouse of nutrients. Antioxidants are vital to keep cells in our bodies healthy and able to minimise inflammations, resist infections, and prevent organ damage. Pomegranate juice consists of highest amount of antioxidants naturally found that is more than red wine, blueberry juice, concord grape juice, black cherry juice, cranberry juice, açai juice, orange juice, apple juice and ice tea. The antioxidant activity of pomegranate juice can be as much as 3 times higher than that is found in green tea and red wine.
Apples: Taking a few portions of apples a day will keep you away from most illnesses. Apple contains soluble fibres, which is basically found in oats and nuts, which contribute to establishment of the immune system and dropping the inflammation related with obesity-related diseases. This happens because soluble fibre causes improved production of interleukin-4, an anti-inflammatory protein. Being rich in nutrients, apples can toughen the immune system and keep a person free from infections. Apples have a flavonoid named quercetin, which is known for improving the immunity of body significantly against infections.
Pears is one of the low-calorie fruits, that provides just 58 calories per 100g. It is consist of a good amount of dietary fibre, vitamin C, antioxidants, along with many other vitamins and minerals, which are needed for optimum functioning of body for a leading a healthy life. Pears are a decent source of dietary fibre. Pear is a good source of antioxidant phytonutrients like lutein, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin. These compounds with vitamin C as well as A help the body to remain protected from injurious free radicals.
Litchi is one of the richest source of vitamin C, helps in building up the resistance of your body and toughens the immune system. It is also one of the good sources of antioxidants like phenolic acids and flavonoids. It consists of polyphenol ‘oligonol’, which is again a good source of antioxidant and have antiviral properties. Rutin is a bioflavonoid that is found in litchi which helps you in strengthening your blood vessels.
Cherries: The antioxidant melatonin, which we get in cherries, have a calming effect on your brain neurons and your nervous system, which in turn aids you in improving insomnia, irritability, headaches as well as establish regular sleep patterns. Sweet cherries are consist of fibre, carotenoids, vitamin C, and anthocyanins, and each of these may have an important role to play in the prevention of cancer.