Eat the Rainbow: Go Red to Help Your HeartAuthor: Diplomat Pharmacy Date: January 13, 2020
Red fruits and vegetables aren’t just the color of your heart — they can help protect it, too. Foods that come from plants contain phytonutrients — chemicals that can help us in many different ways. Among other benefits, red foods help regulate your blood pressure and fight against cancer.
What are phytonutrients?
Phytonutrients are chemicals that help plants thrive and defend themselves against predators. Phytonutrients also have different health benefits according to their hue. It’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to give your body the phytonutrients it needs.
What phytonutrients are in red fruits and vegetables?
Red fruits and vegetables include phytonutrients called anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and lycopene. You can read more about each of them in the table below. Together, they help your heart, joints, skin, and eyes, and they also help fight cancer in several ways.
What health benefits do red fruits and vegetables have?
- They help fight heart disease.
- Lycopene can help the body move fat away from the intestines and blood vessels — keeping it away from the heart.
- Red foods contain electrolytes — minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and sodium that help your body control its fluid levels. This helps regulate your blood pressure.
- They help fight cancer.
- Red foods help to reduce the body’s production of cancer cells.
- They help remove free radicals — toxins in the body that might turn cancerous.
- They can slow the growth of tumors.
- They reduce inflammation.
- They enhance the immune system by acting as antimicrobial agents (fighting bacteria and viruses).
- They help regulate hormones such as estrogen and insulin.
- They protect skin, hair, and nails because they contain vitamins A and C.
Ready to benefit from the power of red foods? We have some easy and delicious recipes for you to try!
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