Watermelon

Watermelons are a great summer fruit.  The red juicy center of the watermelon is chalked full of vitamins and minerals.  It contains high levels of vitamins C as well as Vitamin A, B1, B6 and magnesium.  And, don’t forget about the seeds which contain iron and zinc.   The lycopene found in the refreshing red part of the melon is great for cardiovascular health.  Watermelon is also an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties.  This fruit is electrolyte rich which is good for keeping hydrated.   And, the water and fiber can help with constipation.

In the United States, watermelons are primarily grown in Florida, California, Texas, Georgia and Indiana.  Help strengthen your immunity and have some watermelon.

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Pomegranates

Pomegranate, the other red fruit, is usually in season from September to January.  This nutrient dense food is high in vitamin C, potassium, B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, and iron.  They’re a great antioxidant that can help the body against free radicals and oxidation.  In fact, pomegranates are more powerful as an antioxidant than green tea, cranberries, or blueberries.  Some of the other benefits include: lowering blood pressure, preventing plaque build up in the blood vessels, lowering cholesterol, and inhibiting cancer growth.  This vibrant red fruit is great for the heart and blood vessels.

In Indian tradition the root chakra or muldhara is equated with the red color.  It’s said that if you consume red foods such as the powerful pomegranate it can strengthen this base chakra which grounds the body, provides security and confidence.  If you’re feeling ungrounded, break open a pomegranate and enjoy the sweet juicy seeds found inside.

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