superfoods

Breaking it Down; Why Eating Fruit Isn’t as Bad as You Think!

Summer is right around the corner and there’s nothing like having some refreshing fruit for a little snack in between meals. When trying to get healthy, fruit makes a great alternative for those sweet cravings we all endure. Mango and Strawberry are both in season this time of year and have great sustainable and healthy benefits for both our mind and body!

The King of Fruits

The king of fruits, otherwise known as Mango, have many nutritional benefits. Filled with vitamins A, B-6 and C, Mangoes are full of fibre which increases the feeling of being full. They also lower cholesterol by decreasing the absorption of fat and carbohydrates. Among it’s awesome nutritional value, mangoes contain antioxidant compounds which have been found to help prevent colon, breast, leukaemia and prostate cancer. 

This versatile and diverse fruit is also great for weight loss, eyesight and digestion which makes the king of fruits the perfect healthy snack we are all looking for!

The Berry Delicious Fruit

Like many other fruits strawberries are super rich in antioxidants and contain nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, fibre and magnesium. Like mangoes, strawberries are beneficial for our bodies by preventing cancer, improving eye care and aids in weight loss. 

Not only this, strawberries are also beneficial for the mind. At WAMH Fitness, we believe in improving our mental and physical health and strawberries help us to do just that! Homocysteine is an amino acid which if there is excess of can interfere with the production of serotonin.

Serotonin is a hormone that if imbalanced increases the chance of depression. Strawberries can prevent an excess of homocysteine from forming within the body and acts as an extra hand in ensuring the correct balance of serotonin for our bodies. 

Coming into the new year it is a great time to focus on your goals, whether it be training more or eating healthy. Every small step in the right direction is still moving forward and understanding what foods are best for your body can work wonders for improving your health!

Pomegranate, The Messy Superfood

There are many natural foods that we can eat which are beneficial for our bodies.   For a lot of people salads are at the top of the list when trying to lose a few kilos and eat a healthy diet.  But sometimes you need to add something to sweeten up your favourite salads and provide a bit of variety.  Introducing the humble pomegranate!

The benefits and long term effects of pomegranates:

Research shows that the pomegranate not only contains nutrients which are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals but has long term lasting effects which can aid in lowering risks for certain diseases.

These long-term effects and benefits may include:

  1. Prevention of cancer – Pomegranates include high levels of antioxidants called flavonoids which are effective in counteracting various cancer radials. Other foods which also contain high levels of flavonoids include parsley, onions and blueberries. For those of us who enjoy being a little naughty, dark chocolate and red wine also contain high levels of Flavonoids.
  2. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease – Drinking pomegranate juice regularly can assist in maintaining good blood flow within the body. It can also assist to lower cholesterol by keeping the arteries clear; this reduces the risk of heart attacks or strokes.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Effects – Pomegranate contains 2 plant compounds with very powerful medical properties known as Punicalagins and Punicic Acid these have been known to reduce inflammation.

Among these benefits recent studies have shown that Pomegranate can also offer performance benefits to athletes and fitness buffs. By drinking Pomegranate juice before a high intensity workout, individuals are able to perform more intensely and longer.  This is because of the increased blood flow effect caused by the pomegranate.

Pomegranates are also great for a little post workout pick me up.  Drinking pomegranate juice can ease those post-workout aches and pains.

By simply adding some pomegranate to your average salad you can gain all of these health benefits as stated above. It’s not only these healthy benefits that makes the pomegranate so special it’s also the unique taste which can make your salads a little bit more exciting and delicious!

Even though pomegranate juice is easier to consume than the fruit itself,  the seeds of this messy superfood are worth the trouble!  WAMH Fitness bootcamps and personal training sessions are all about reaching your goals in a healthy and fun way. By knowing what foods are the best to put in our bodies you can achieve your goals and feel good while doing it.  

So don’t be scared of this messy superfood…the pomegranate seems to be the fruit that just keeps on giving so it’s time to start reaping in these delicious benefits!