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Red Fruit Benefits
LIZ WEISS, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT
The natural plant pigments that give berries, watermelon and cherries their ruby red color are also powerful anti-oxidants that help to keep us healthy when we eat them.
You should try to get two servings of red fruit a day.
And here's why. It turns out that cherries contain anthocyanins, and research shows these compounds may ward off inflammation.
For a person with inflammation from osteoarthritis, if they eat 35 cherries a day, that is going to give them the pain relief that they would get from getting a dose of aspirin.
Cranberries protect against urinary tract infections, but may also lower cholesterol levels. And berries contain ellagic acid, which some studies show may fight cancer. Even watermelon, once considered to be a lightweight in the produce aisle because it contains 92 percent water, is now highly respected for its possible role in protecting against certain cancers. Watermelon and pink grapefruit are teeming with Lycopene, shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. "Natural Health" magazine's Cheryl Redmond gives Gazpacho a fun new twist with watermelon. She also uses frozen berries, which, by the way, do retain their anti-oxidant powers in a frozen fruit smoothy. So if you thought red fruit had little more than water to offer?
I don't know if I connect the reds with being healthy.
But greens you do?
Then remember, the deeper the color, whether green, yellow, orange, or red, the healthier it is.