Endless long summer days and the never-ending heat can only mean one thing — it’s time to load up on summer fruits to survive and thrive!
Here’s our pick of favourite summer kinds that not only provide energy and nutrients, but also keep that body cool, hydrated and undefeated against that battle with the sun.
Summer means heat, which means sweating, thus loss of water from the body. The high-water content in watermelons (more than 90 percent) means it keeps you hydrated and full for longer.
They are loaded with antioxidants that help with maintaining your heart and skin problems.
Rich in Vitamin C, copper and phosphorus, lychees prevent signs of aging of the skin, reduce sunburns, promote hair growth and shine, and is a great boost of energy, when needed.
A good source of immune boosting nutrients, mangoes also contain dietary fibre promoting digestive health.
They are packed with an assortment of minerals and vitamins, especially Vitamin C and manganese that reduce the probabilities of heart disease and diabetes.
It has a rich fibre content, which is why papayas aid with digestion and give a beautiful glow to the skin.
BLACK PLUM (JAAM)
They are a good option as a healthy snack as these are low in calories and help with the reduction of sugar levels.
Many are unaware that guavas contain high levels of Vitamin C making it a very powerful antioxidant. Guavas also help regulate not only blood pressure, but also reduce chances of developing heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels.
STAR FRUIT (KAMRANGA)
It contains fibre, full of antioxidants and flavonoids that keep the body’s metabolism steady. Star fruit aids in lowering cholesterol levels and regulates healthy bowel movements.
With high amounts of Vitamin C and antioxidants in it, jackfruits boost not only the immune system, but also provide energy when consumed, and are full of good carbohydrates too.
They contain a significant amount of potassium and iron that help regulate blood pressure and are great for those diagnosed with anaemia, respectively.
It consists of Vitamin A, B and C that all contribute to healthy vision, skin and mucus membrane, is high in fibre content and aids with digestion.
HOG PLUM (AAMRA)
A good source of iron, Vitamin C and K that contribute to the production of haemoglobin and help maintain healthy bones and teeth accordingly.
This is a natural source of electrolytes that replenishes the electrolyte loss a body may experience through excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhoea. The soft meat or flesh inside green coconuts is a great source of healthy fats, proteins and various vitamins and minerals.
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