It’s common knowledge that eating a diverse range of healthy fruit and veg is good for your health, but do you know exactly what different fruits help us optimise our health? Office fruit basket delivery company Fruitful Office have created a list explaining the benefits you’ll receive from some of the most popular seasonal fruit. Some of these might surprise you with their ‘super fruit’ status.
The old mantra of ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ would not have become so widely quoted if it was completely untrue.
Apples contain significant quantities of pectin, an antioxidant which may reduce the risk of developing cancer.
Apples are also rich in Vitamin A which can protect your vision – very useful given that many jobs involve staring at computer screens for long periods.
The Procyanidin B-2 in apples can help to alleviate a number of ageing-related problems.
The natural sugars in bananas boost your energy, helping you get through a long, tough working day.
The potassium in bananas can help to control blood pressure – vital if your job is a stressful one. Eating a single banana is sufficient to allow you to reach your recommended daily amount of potassium.
Bananas have also been shown to improve your mood, all thanks to trypotophan, a protein that the body converts into serotonin.
The melatonin in cherries can improve sleeping patterns, which can be very useful if work stresses might otherwise keep you awake.
The quercetin in cherries can also reduce your risk of cancer.
Clementines and satsumas
The Vitamin C in these fruits can boost your immune system, reducing the chances of you being struck down by a cold, or by the seasonal flu.
You were probably aware that these fruits contain large amounts of Vitamin C, however they also contain Vitamin B1 which helps reduce stiffness and fatigue.
Figs also contain large amounts of fibre, and so can improve your digestion and regulate cholesterol and sugar levels.
The natural sugars in grapes can stimulate the brain – and it’s easy to see how being able to think faster and recall information quickly can help you at work. Likewise, the benefits of not getting tired so easily are clear.
The phyto-chemicals in grapes can boost your immune system and reduce the chances of you being laid low by the many bugs which always seem to be circulating within workplaces.
The reservatrol (a powerful anti-oxidant) in the skin and seeds of grapes can improve circulation and protect the skin from wrinkles.
Peaches and nectarines
Like many other fruits, peaches contain plenty of Vitamin C (to boost your immune system), Vitamin A (to improve your eyesight) and potassium (to control your blood pressure).
The large amount of fibre in pears can limit the amount of sugar in your bloodstream, can improve digestion and can reduce cholesterol levels.
The significant amounts of fructose, glucose and carbohydrates in pears can also stop you getting tired and thus improve your concentration when at work.
Plums also contain anti-oxidants, which can reduce your risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
Strawberries are also rich in Vitamin C and can therefore do wonders for your immune system.
The Vitamin A in strawberries aids cell reproduction, and so can alleviate skin dryness – extremely important if your office is air-conditioned.