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Health Benefits of Blue and Purple Fruits and Vegetables

Find out what nutrients you can get from blue and purple produce.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are our body’s ally for healthy living. Their color has something to say about the health benefits that they offer. Blue and purple produce get their colors from compounds which also help protect and combat diseases and conditions.

Grapes

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A cup of grapes is an excellent source of manganese and a good source of vitamins C, B1, B6 and potassium. Their beneficial compounds also include flavonoids—phytonutrients which also give them their purple color. Two of these flavonoids, quercetin and resveratol appear to decrease the risk of heart disease by: reducing platelet clumping and protecting bad cholesterol from free radical damage that initiates its artery-damaging actions. Grapes also contain antimicrobial and antiviral properties, and the anti-inflammatory effects of resveratol may help lower cancer risks.

Blueberries

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Blueberries contain the highest antioxidant content among fruits. It has anthocyanins, ellagic acid, vitamin C, B complex and vitamin E. Blueberries help promote urinary tract health, protect against aging-related eye problems, helps keep memory sharp, and being rich in fiber, is also beneficial for constipation and digestion. They have shown to aid in reducing belly fat, promote healthy heart, and reduce cancer risks.

Plums

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A cup of plums is a very good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant which aids in wound healing, prevents periodontal disease and maintains collagen and connective tissue in the body. They are rich in vitamin B2, fiber and potassium and two unique phytonutrients known as  neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These two phenols appear to regulate the release of glucose in the bloodstream after a meal which may have favorable effects on blood sugar levels.

Eggplants

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This glossy purple vegetable is a very good source of fiber, manganese, copper, vitamin B1, and a cup supplies 245 mg of potassium. It is a good source of vitamins B3 and B6, folate, magnesium, and tryptophan. Eggplants have also been found to contain phenolic compounds especially chlorogenic acid, another antioxidant which has shown to be beneficial for its anti-cancer, antimicrobial, anti-LDL and antiviral activities.

Other purple fruits and vegetables include: purple cabbage, blackberries and purple onions.

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  1. Fruits so pleasant to the eye. Thanks for info kabayan.

  2. Excellent presentation of some of the health fruits and vegtables that I enjoy eating often. Blueberries are my favorite of these fruits, eggplants or my least favorite. Great job.

  3. Another fine article and I couldn’t agree more!

  4. Nice to share this one… Great work…

  5. Great article! I learned a few things. Thanks.

  6. Great share with lots of info

  7. Great post!..well written piece and a highly informative article..great tips as well. I LIKED IT!! well done and thanks for sharing this great remedies.

  8. good article. i also love those fruits and vegetables so i think i don’t have much of the problem of not getting the nutrients and benefits form it! thanks for sharing!

  9. another helfpul info. I love eggplants! glad to know it has many benefits

  10. Hmm.. now I’m wondering where can I get blueberries (I’m here in our Bayan)?

  11. Very nicely done, again. Keep up the excellent writing!

  12. Another purple fruit is the aroniaberry. It has one of the highest antioxidant values among fruits and vegetables. Learn more at http://www.superberries.com.

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