A bowl full of pleasingly rich dark purple or blue fruit and vegetables gives an attraction much more than a still life paintings or a basket kept on your kitchen counter.
“Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone”
– Oscar Wilde
Blue traditionally symbolizes “trust” whereas Purple symbolizes “royalty”. But in such foods as plums, purple cabbage, blueberries, purple grapes and eggplant these represents “a vision of good health”. As per the current data analysis by NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Study), a survey of healthy and eating habits, found that adults who eat blue and purple fruits and vegetables have reduced risk for both low HDL cholesterol and high blood pressure and also less likely to be overweight.
It has been scientifically-proved that darker the food, the higher is the antioxidant level. Antioxidants are the way rust-proof works on a car similarly to the body; – they have the ability to mop up free radicals and keep you longer and look younger.
Thus, dark foods with a purple and blue color, such as purple cabbage, concord grapes, onions and prunes, are known for having amazing healing powers. Both Purple and blue contains a wealth of incredible health benefits.
1) Kill cancer – The resveratrol found in purple cranberries, grapes, bilberries, blueberries, and, of course, grape juice and red wine can restrain the spread of colorectal cancer in animal studies. Many promising studies also displayed that resveratrol can reduce cancer cell death in cases of breast, skin, prostate, lung, blood cancers and liver.
2) Good for the heart – Purple food can raise HDL cholesterol while it reduces LDL cholesterol by up to 13 percent. Bilberries have more anthocyanin’s (water-soluble vacuolar pigments that may appear purple, blue or red depending on the pH) than blueberries. Wild raw berries have more antioxidant content than fresh frozen varieties or raw berries.
3) Ulcer-fighters – Blueberries reduced stomach ulcer. Researchers believe this is because of the antioxidants in blueberries boost and prevent oxidation activity of other antioxidants that are naturally present in the body such as glutathione.
4) Good for your liver – Dark rice, is a delicious antioxidant grain that has been found to induce damage to the liver caused by excessive alcohol intake, which has more of anthocyanins per gram than blueberries.
5) Prevent urinary tract infections – Vegetables such as purple carrots, purple cabbage and purple cauliflower contain the same anthocyanin, plant pigment that is responsible for the fighting power of cranberries. Lab studies show that the bacteria H. pylori. That promotes urinary tract infections and stomach ulcers, anthocyanin compounds prevents from it.
6) Reduce inflammation – Diabetes, heart disease, immune dysfunction and arthritis which are believed to be the chronic conditions for any human being. Plums, Prunes help to fight these types of Inflammations.
7) Help to get your glow on – Lavender essential oil, which contains the phytonutrient perillyl alcohol that can be used to treat skin elements such as wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, cuts and burns. Monoterpenes-rich foods, such as lavender and cherries reduce the effects of depression, migraines, anxiety and insomnia and also promote blood circulation.
8) Help keep you young – Berries and dark chocolate are particularly rich sources. Purple foods are rich in anthocyanins – free radical-fighting antioxidants that can help improve memory, remove toxins and assist with healthy ageing. Foods such as purple carrots and figs are also revered for their ability to promote weight loss and fertility and protect against macular degeneration.
Therefore with various different and wonderful reasons to have more of purple and blue family fruits and vegetables, get as much as possible into your daily diet. Plus do not stop at berries and eggplant, there are appealing varieties of figs, corn, potatoes, asparagus of purple family and such yours for enjoying and tasting!