The kiwi may be small brown and fuzzy on the outside but cut one open and you’ll find an enormous amount of nutrition in this vibrant green fruit. Kiwis have more vitamin C than an orange, which will help strengthen the immune system. The fiber in kiwis can improve digestion. This little fruit is a great antioxidant that can support the overall health of the body. They are lutein rich to strengthen vision. Kiwis are also a good source of vitamin K and potassium as well. Other health benefits include: helps blood pressure, balances acid/alkaline content in the body, great for heart health and disease prevention.
A majority of the kiwis found in stores are grown in California, between October and May, and New Zealand, between June and October. Add them to your juice mixture, put them on your salad or just enjoy the sweet little green fruit on its own.
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.
It’s autumn, that means pumpkins galore. They’re not just for carving, pumpkins have a lot of great health benefits, and I’m not talking about the pie. Pumpkins are contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and beta carotene which is a source of vitamin A and an antioxidant. The pumpkin seeds contain amino acids used to make hormones in the body and can also help with cholesterol. So when you go to the store to get the jack o’lantern buy an extra pumpkin to consume.