Pineapples provide an ample supply of vitamin C too, a commonly known antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage and boosts the immune system. Vitamin C helps build and repair bodily tissue and promotes wound healing. The body uses vitamin C to help metabolize fats and cholesterol, absorb iron, and synthesize amino acids and collagen. Collagen is one of the primary building blocks of skin, cartilage and bones. Vitamin C also decreases the severity of colds and infections.
Medjool Dates - These dates provide fiber, potassium, and magnesium nutrients that defend us from heart disease and cancer. Evidence shows that eating fiber-rich foods reduces our risk of colon, rectum, and breast cancers. Soluble fibers have been linked to low blood cholesterol levels and scientists believe they may help lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar. Four medjool dates provide 570 milligrams of stroke-reducing Potassium and 10% of the U.S. RDA of essential Magnesium.
Almonds - Their nutritive value as well as functional importance in keeping the human body supple, beautiful and healthy, is unsurpassed in the nut kingdom. Nearly cholesterol free and abundant in high quality, highly absorbable protein, almonds provide almost no useless material to the body. Their high monosaturated fats (that fight bad cholesterol) and dietary fiber content make them easy to digest, provides heat in the body and also ensure no excess oils, like the peanut. Alpha-tocopherol, which is a major source of Vitamin E, makes almonds almost the elixir for healthy hair and skin. Indeed, most traditional cultures use almond oil for rich, healthy hair and a flawless, wrinkle free skin. In many countries in the Middle East and even India and China, almond oil is a part of the medicine cabinet as well as the beauty cabinet of every home. Such is the invaluable contribution that this ubiquitous little seed has to the realm of beauty and healthcare. In addition, almonds provide almost all the nutrients that help increase bone mineral density, making a strong skeletal system, needed by athletes, growing, pre-pubescent children and of course, elderly people. It can, hence fight the onslaught of osteoporosis in the elderly. In the not so elderly, where a good life piles on its evidences in the various regions of the body, almonds have been known to drastically reduce the effects of cholesterol. The monounsaturated fats help maintain healthy levels of HDL Cholesterol while reducing total and LKDL cholesterol. The heart can now breathe a sigh of relief. This effect can show results with quantities as little as an ounce a day!