The Healing Power of Fruits in Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, it is said that good food is the one that tastes best in its raw, natural form, and is easily digestible, without addition of any salt, spices or condiments. Seasonal fruits are therefore, the best.

According to latest study, certain fruits and vegetables help in reversing Type II diabetes by improving the functioning of pancreas, while another new Canadian study revealed that a diet rich in fruits and veggies can mitigate the effect of a gene associated with heart disease.

Ayurvedacharya, Satish Bajaj, believes that fresh fruits are ideal for people with various health problems. When consumed regularly, they help in healing and preventing diseases. It is a known fact that fruits provide energy and have several curative properties.

Based on your health condition, you can choose from the below list, certain types of fruits that are best suited for your health. However, the golden rule to be followed here is that seasonal fruits grown in your country are the best for your health.

For Heart

The Kiwi fruit has blood thinning properties, apart from preventing arterial blockage. Regular intake of Kiwi fruit helps in lowering Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL or Bad Cholesterol) and triglyceride levels in the blood stream. All berries, including strawberry, blueberry, cranberry or raspberry are heart-friendly, helping to lower bad cholesterol levels.

The high potassium content present in cheekoos, cherries, sweet-lime, bael, banana, avocado, peaches, phalsa and loquat, and the high magnesium content in mango, banana, and plums help protect the heart, lowering high blood pressure.

For diabetics and Asthmatics

Although, diabetics and asthmatics are advised to avoid very sweet fruits such as banana, cheekoos, grapes and litchis, certain fibre-rich fruits are considered safe when consumed in reasonable quantities such as guava, phalsa, jamun, prunes, ber, papaya, cherries, sour pomegranate, and amla (Indian gooseberry).

Kiwi fruit, in particular, has even been found to reverse asthma during early stages of development of the disease. Figs, lemon and Indian gooseberry, too, have been particularly found helpful for asthmatics.

To promote urination

Fruits with high water content like watermelon, musk melon, grapes, white pumpkin, tomatoes, cranberry, and tender coconut water are excellent to promote urination.

For arthritis

Inflammation and painful joints noticed in arthritic patients can be reduced considerably, if cherries and walnuts are taken on regular basis, as they help in reducing uric acid levels in blood.
The other fruits that can help arthritic patients immensely and ease pain are strawberries, papaya, applies, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, mango and peaches.

For Digestion

All fruits help in relieving constipation when consumed with seeds and skin. The fibre in fruits bind stools and absorb moisture, thereby softening stools and giving them bulk. Through trial and error basis, you can choose the right fruits to be added to your diet.
The fruits with high fibre content are apples, artichokes, berries, pears, figs, dates, and prunes. Apart from these, the fruits that generally promote a healthy digestive system are banana, avocados, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapes, mango, kiwi, papaya, pears, watermelon, peaches and nectarine.

Energizers

Red fruits such as apple, pomegranate, red grapes, watermelon, dates and sapota are excellent energizers.

Appetizers

Yellow fruits such as mango, papaya, oranges, pineapples and loquat are good appetizers.

Immunity

To boost up immunity levels, consume plenty of grapes, amla, green almonds and bael, as all green variety of fruits are excellent immunity boosters.

Anti-oxidants

Majority of the fruits have high antioxidant levels, although mangoes, currants and black grapes are particularly helpful in fighting age-related diseases.
It is best to eat only freshly cut fruits or drink fresh juices, as oxidation begin as soon as the fruit is exposed, leading to microbial contamination. Experts recommend that as far as possible, it is good to eat fruits with skin and with seeds for roughage.