Did you know that the skin of cherries relieves pain just as well as ibuprofen? Or that avocado works great as a hair conditioner? In other words, food is medicine. We rounded up the top six healing powers of certain fruits and vegetables.
For more energy . . .
Eat fruit with skin.
Contrary to popular belief, fruits contain a lot of complex carbohydrates, which release sugar into your system slowly, leaving a long-lasting energy boost. Fruits with skin, such as apples, provide added fiber, which keeps you full longer.
To prevent muscle soreness . . .
A study of runners who drank Montmorency cherry juice for a week before a race and on race day found that they reported much less inflammation and faster muscle recovery than those who received a placebo. Montmorency cherries have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food—especially in the peel.
To reduce risk of cancer . . .
Kale has enjoyed its superfood reputation for a while now, and for good reason. Its high content of vitamin K has proved it can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It also contains a huge dose of vitamins A and C, magnesium, and fiber.
For healthier hair . . .
Avocados and foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are key for a healthy scalp. Avocados are also high in vitamins B and E, which have been shown to promote hair growth. It’s no wonder they’re typically used in hair masks, thanks to their moisturizing and conditioning benefits.
For glowing skin . . .
Carrots contain a wealth of carotenoids and beta carotene, which gives our skin that healthy glow, according to a study published online in the journal PLoS One. The beta carotene also helps with collagen production.
For a healthy immune system . . .
Eat shiitake mushrooms.
The immune support from eating shiitake mushrooms has long been documented. They have a high content of lentinan, which keeps our immune system strong and reduce our risk of infection.