By Mehak Munaf

As we all dash to the supermarkets to stockpile
 food in a frenzy, it might be worth choosing items that could help protect you against infections. Eating certain foods is not going to stave off coronavirus, but it may help you boost your immune system, which in turn could prepare your body to fight off the virus. So choose vitamin-packed fruits and stop reaching for those cookies during lockdown.

 It is understandable that you are bored and need a pick-me-up. So go on dig into the pantry for that occasional sugary cookie but If you want your body and your mood to get uplifted then it’s God’s bounteous fresh fruit that you should be reaching for. 

Cut up fresh, attractive and  delicious fruits to serve to your family as a mid-morning or late afternoon snack ideally. 

 Fruits may improve overall health, as they are high in fiber,  packed with health boosting antioxidants, an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals.

Yalda T Alaoui, founder of Eat Burn Sleep is suggesting to: “Focus on whole fruits as juicing makes for a huge nutrient loss.” We have listed 5 fruits that are perfect to elevate your mood and sugar levels as well give you a strong dose of immunity.

Kiwi: loaded with vitamins

Beneath its fuzzy skin lies a fleshy fruit loaded with vitamins C and E, both strong antioxidants that protect against cancer and promote eye health. Great for weight loss, Kiwis are low in calories and perfect to maintain sugar levels in the body and are good for heart health too.  Kiwi also contains twice the amount of vitamin C as an orange and almost as much potassium as a banana. So definitely up your Liwo intake to boost your immunity. They also last up to four weeks when stored in the refrigerator, so are a great snack to stock up on while in quarantine and all year round.

Watermelon: The immune boosting powerhouse

An immune-boosting fruit, watermelon is a nutritious powerhouse that keeps you hydrated. Watermelons are also rich in vitamin B6 and glutathione that assist the body to maintain proper immune function. A serving of 2-cups of watermelon contains almost 300gm of potassium, 30% of the daily value of vitamin A, and 25% of the value of vitamin C. Additionally at  80 calories for 2 whole cups of watermelons you can once again enjoy watermelons and keep sugar cravings in check.

Apples: Brain- and heart-healthy

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ and here is the reason why. An apple contains significant amounts of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cell degeneration, which can possibly be a precursor to Alzheimer’s. Adults who eat apples are less likely to develop high blood pressure. Apples can even lower cholesterol and prevent colon cancer, as well as promote healthy teeth and weight loss. Don’t forget to eat the skin, too. It’s especially rich in disease-fighting compounds like flavonoids, which reduce the risk of heart disease.

Pineapple: Powerful anti-inflammatory

If you’re looking for a tropical fruit packed with excellent health benefits, look no further than Pineapple. This crowned fruit is rich in vitamin C and manganese. The best reason to eat pineapple is because it contains an enzyme called bromelain, which you can only get by eating this tasty fruit. Bromelain helps you absorb antibiotics, stabilize  diarrhea, and may even fight diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also shortens healing time after surgery, and is used for treating inflammation and sports injuries. Many athletes use pineapple as their recovery fruit too.

Peaches: Packed with potassium

Everyone knows that bananas boast high amounts of potassium, but two small peaches have about 250 mg of this  essential mineral. That’s more potassium than one medium banana. Shocking right?  So if you aren’t into ripe bananas you can get peachy with the rich mineral content in peaches to boost your nerve and muscle health. The skin of a peach in particular is also rich in antioxidants.  For those watching their weight, peaches are also a healthy way to add sweetness to any diet.

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