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A

as in Abundance

Peanuts contain an abundance of proteins, essential for the well-being of the body. They represent a great source of niacin, also known as vitamin PP. This vitamin contributes to the good health of brain function and to blood circulation. As well as hazelnuts, peanuts are also natural antioxidants and containhigh concentrations of polyphenols, which are increased exponentially during the roasting process.

B

as in Banana

Bananas contain approximately 75% water, 23% carbohydrates, 2.6% fiber, 1% protein and only 0.3 % fat. These fruits are rich in nutritious substances and have a positive impact on the human body because they also contain vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2 and B6, vitamin C, vitamin PP, vitamin E, and many minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. Bananas have great nourishing properties that are remineralizing and stimulating for the skin and promote protein metabolism by vitamin B6.

C

as in Coconut

Coconuts are composed of water to 50%, but also of sugars, lipids, carbohydrates and fiber. They also contain large quantities of iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. Among the amino acids, coconuts contain isoleucine, serine, threonine, glutamic acid and phenylalanine. Thanks to vitamins B and C, abundant in coconuts, these fruits represent an  excellent invigorating tonic in cases of fatigue and weakness. They also have thirst-quenching propertiesand contain very little fat. Coconuts are cholesterol-free and represent an ideal supplement for those who perform physical activity.

D

as in Diabetes

According to a research presented during the 2013 edition of the International Congress of Nutrition, pistachios could be a great ally in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Their regular consumption has also beneficial effects on cognitive function, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome and biomarkers of inflammation. Among the various types of nuts, pistachios are also the richest in phytosterols, substances that can reduce the intestinal absorption of cholesterol absorbed through food. Unsaturated fats in these fruits help reducing the risk of heart disease. Pistachios also contain antioxidants such as lutein, betacarotene and gammatocopherol, and the fundamental amino acid arginine.

E

as in Vitamin E

Vitamin E is contained in high amounts in walnuts. It is a powerful antioxidant that, when balanced by vitamin A, which is also present in these fruits, fights the aging of skin cells. Walnuts also contain magnesium, a great anti-stress and a regulator of the nervous system: their regular consumption is therefore ideal in cases of fatigue and overwork. The presence of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc and minerals in walnuts makes them an excellent food supplement: they can help safeguard the proper functioning of the immune system.

F

as in Flavonoids

Strawberries are an excellent source of flavonoids and vitamin E, C, A and B6. They also contain minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, sodium, copper, manganese and selenium, as claimed by a recent study performed at Kyushu university, Japan.

 

G

as in Glutamine

The acid glutamine is abundantly contained in mangoes: these fruits are therefore very suitable for anyone who has difficulty concentrating. Mangoes also contain beta-cryptoxanthin, which has strong antioxidant properties and can be transformed into vitamin A within the body, phenols and enzymes to support the good overall functioning of the cells, a lot of soluble dietary fiber called pectin and digestive enzymes that, by decomposing proteins, help in the assimilation of food.

H

as in Vitamin H

Pine nuts, fruits of the classic Pinus pinea, are particularly rich in vitamin H, which is essential for the synthesis of vitamin C and for turning carbohydrates into energy. Rich in protein and vegetable fiber, pine nuts are an excellent source of zinc, potassium and vitamin B2 but also contain calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin E. Pine nuts have, alone, most of the nutrients needed by our body. Due to the numerous minerals and the presence of some essential amino acids, these fruits contribute to the well-being of the body and help protect the cardiovascular system. They also have antioxidant properties that can slow down the aging of tissues.

I

as in Immunization

Kiwis contribute to immunize the human body organism because they contain high levels of vitamin C. These small green fruits are also a great source of potassium, which plays a key role in cell health because it keeps the balance of body fluids stable. This, therefore, helps heart rate and blood pressure. Thanks to the fiber of kiwis, our digestive system can be kept in a healthy state and can be supported in the proper elimination of toxins from the colon. Finally, kiwis contain lutein and zeaxantine, two natural chemicals that help the human eye to remain in perfect health.

L

as in Levels of Melatonin

According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the levels of melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep) increase significantly with the consumption of cherries and their juice. In addition to regulating the functions of sleep and wakefulness,  cherries help protecting sight thanks to the richness of vitamin C and A and contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system. These small red fruits are a veritable source of folic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and flavonoids, all well trained”soldiers” in fighting free radicals.

M

as in Mood Improvement

Almonds are known for their energizing properties and their richness in terms of vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats – a great help against cholesterol. These fruits also contains high quantities of iron, ideal for fighting anemia, and calcium to support bone health. Like many dried fruits, almonds contain polyphenols and polyphenols, which help keep cells young. Finally, the presence of tyrosine and tryptophan produces a natural mood improvement.

N

as in Natural Antioxidants

Hazelnuts are amazing natural antioxidants. Rich in linoleic acid, in minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium and in vitamin E, if consumed regularly are able to counteract the aging of cell membranes. They subsequently favor the elasticity and well-being of the skin. Hazels are great allies when it comes to beauty: they have been cultivated by men since ancient times and contain phytosterols, a substance thought to be important in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

O

as in Obesity

According to a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts, pumpkins are the most indicated vegetables for the prevention and treatment of obesity because they are very effective in the control of sugar metabolism. Thanks to their richness in vitamins and minerals, they are also ideale to counteract high blood pressure. Pumpkins contain proteins and carbs, antioxidants and beta-carotene, which help the body in the formation of vitamin A. The regular consumption of pumpkin helps improving the digestion and elimination of toxins in liver and intestine.

P

as Papaya

Papayas contain huge amounts of potassium, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, thiamine and papain, an enzyme of these tropical fruits, helps to control diabetes and promotes digestion. Papayas are also rich in vitamin A – essential for good eye health – selenium, carotene and pro-vitamin A – which the body converts into vitamin A. Considering their bright orange color, it is not surprising to find out that papayas contain many carotenoids which, together with antioxidants, protect the body’s cells from free radicals responsible for the aging of the tissues.

Q

as in Quercetin

Quercetin is a flavonoid with a protective action contained in cranberries: its peculiar characteristic is to counteract the onset of coronary heart disease. Bilberries are rich in iron, therefore a constant intake of these fruits can facilitate the absorption of iron from foods, thereby disrupting the insurgency of anemia. The inflammatory action of blueberries is very useful to prevent colds, facilitate the elimination of bacteria from the body and provide energy in times of fatigue and stress.

R

as in Remineralization

Water retention can be fought with the valuable support of pineapples, very moisturizing and remineralizing fruits. Very low in fat and calories but extremely high in vitamin C, calcium, beta-carotene, potassium and phosphorus, pineapples help strengthen bones and connective tissue and support the immune system. Bromelain contained in these fruits helps to digest protein, improves circulation and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

S

as in Satiety

The regular consumption of chickpeas produces a greater and more lasting sense of satiety, and a consequent decrease in desire for food: this is due to the fiber contained in this legume, that is therefore suitable for people on a diet or in need to improve their approach to food. Chickpeas also contribute to digestion and are a valuable ally for the heart, because very poor in fat: their action helps to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and thereby promotes good health of the arteries.

T

as in Tannins

Tannins, polyphenolic compounds common in vascular plants, are just one of the many substances contained in grapes along with directly assimilable sugars, organic acids, minerals such as potassium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, calcium, iodine, silicon and magnesium, vitamin of groups A, B and C and polyphenols. Thanks to the huge quantity of healthy components for the human body, a regular consumption of grape is suggested to oppose a wide range of discomforts, ranging from fatigue to excessive skin problems, from herpes simplex to constipation, from inflammation to venous disease.

U

as in Universal Benefits

Sultana grapes represent a source of universal benefits because they contain beneficial nutrients for our body. Full of simple sugars that are easily assimilated as fructose and glucose, Sultana provides energy to the body and also allows the efficient absorption of vitamins and proteins. As a result, it helps to improve the immune system response. The fibers contained in Sultana grapes also help digestion while the oleanolic acid is a potent anti-inflammatory, capable of preventing the growth of harmful bacteria within the mouth. Sultana grapes are also rich in calcium, and therefore beneficial to bone health.

V

as in Viral infection

Cantaloupe is recommended to decrease recovery time after the aggression of viral infections, such as colds. Thanks to the huge quantity of vitamins A and C that cantaloupes contain, these fruits are able to give the immune system the right “push” to recover. Cantaloupes also produce an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity that is considered essential to keep the body in good health. Cantaloupes contain beta-carotene, which protects the skin, and a wide range of phytonutrients characterized by strong anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for combating cardiovascular disease and arthritis.

Z

as in Zingerone

Ginger is a perennial herbaceous plant whose roots are used fresh or dried. It contains Gingerine, Zingerone, resins, mucilage and essential oil and is considered a root with remarkable medicinal properties. Ginger has antioxidant qualities and produces a thermogenic effect that helps burn calories. Not only it is flavoring, anti-rheumatic and stimulant, but also improves blood circulation and promotes an excellent digestion of carbohydrates and proteins. Finally, ginger is considered effective against stress and fatigue syndromes.