As one of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been enjoyed by Native Americans for hundreds of years. After many years of research on blueberry antioxidants and their potential benefits for the nervous system and for brain health, there is exciting new evidence that blueberries can improve memory.
Blueberries contain a rich amount of Anthocyanins. Anthocyanins - the colorful antioxidant pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue, purple, and red - are usually the first phytonutrients to be mentioned in descriptions of blueberries and their amazing health-supportive properties. Recently, researchers believe that Blueberries may have a part to play in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Coconut palms are grown in more than 90 countries of the world, with a total production of 62 million tons. Botanically, the coconut is a drupe, and not a nut, as many would think (like mangos).
Coconut water serves to hydrate the body boasting 294 mg of potassium. Unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body such as: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium.
Since it is isotonic to human plasma, coconut water can be used in extreme emergencies to quickly re-hydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is not uncommon for the drink to be used in poorer, third-world countries to save human lives.
European elder is a large shrub or small tree that grows up to 30 feet tall in wet or dry soil in a sunny location. Elder is native to Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia, but it has become widespread in the United States. Elderberry contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may help prevent damage to the body's cells. In fact, elderberry outranks blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, and blackberries in terms of total flavonol content.
It has been used for centuries to treat wounds, when applied to the skin. It is also taken by mouth to treat respiratory illnesses such as cold and flu.
Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that's especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well. Watermelons are generally believed to have originated in Africa several thousand years ago and to have traveled over time from Africa to Asia to Europe to North America.
About three-fourths of all U.S. watermelons are grown in Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, and Indiana. Even with four billion pounds of watermelon produced each year in the U.S, we account for just 5% of watermelon production in the world. China produces over 50%.