Fruits and vegetables that can turn your health around

The importance of a healthy and balanced diet in improving your health and detoxifying your body of harmful bacteria and other substances should never be underestimated. Did you know that some of the most boring fruits and vegetables have some of the best benefits for your health? The following are some fruits and vegetables which you cannot miss out on for its range of health benefits.


If you still remember Popeye ‘the sailor man’ reaching for his spinach, know that it was for good reason. Not only does spinach contain high amounts of fiber and is low in calories, it contains thylakoids that allows a reduction in desire to have unhealthy foods by more than 90% and increases weight loss by more than 40% according to a research from Lund University in Sweden.

Thylakoids are known to influence better control of your appetite via the release of satiety hormones.


Having pomegranate comes with many benefits for the heart. However, in a recent study published in the journal of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research last year in July by the University of Huddersfield in UK, pomegranate has been found to be extremely beneficial for preventing Alzheimer’s disease. This is due to punicalagin, an antioxidant, which is known for inhibiting Alzheimer’s disease and even slowing its progression.


While pumpkin is commonly associated with the gloomy nights of Halloween, the same certainly cannot be said about what it can do for your health. Pumpkin contains a wide variety of benefits such as improving your eyesight, skin, and immune system. Eating pumpkin provides you a complete health package and should not be neglected in the least.

However, what’s more interesting about pumpkin is that it is specifically useful for smokers that have a high risk of developing lung cancer. This is due to the presence of beta-cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid, that is converted into Vitamin A upon release in the body.

This is supported by a study published in the Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention journal which shows that those who ingested cryptoxanthin had 25 percent less risk of lung cancer. Furthermore, it contains Vitamin C which is an excellent source of cleansing harmful substances from the lungs.


Melons are an excellent source of boosting your health. Not only do melons taste good, they also contain far fewer calories, making it one of the most important fruits featured in diet books. The melon cantaloupe is an ideal food for helping you lose weight.


Carrots are loaded with essential antioxidants that are important for flushing your body of unwanted bacteria and substances. Carrots are known for being extremely useful for improving your eyesight as well your hair and skin thanks to its high content of Vitamin A. It is also high in Vitamin C that allows keeping your cardiovascular system in check.


If there is a vegetable best known for fighting diseases, it is broccoli. Adding broccoli in your diet can allow you to prevent the risk of a host of cancers pertaining to the stomach, rectal, and lung.

Dr. Gershon Steven Gershon, M.D., is the medical director at Gershon Pain Specialists in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor with specialties in pain management and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, he provides compassionate care that incorporates traditional, alternative, and holistic therapies for the best patient outcomes.

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