Fruits and Nuts

March 11, 2013 in Fruits

healthy_employees_healthy_businessWe are constantly promoting and advocating healthy diet and nutrition. Many Singaporeans are not eating enough Fruits and Vegetables. The best way to avoiding hefty medical bills is to stay healthy, increase your anti-oxidant level, improve your immunity.

Here is a very beneficial article which we think you should read.

Fruit of the Month (APRIL) – STRAWBERRIES

March 30, 2011 in Fruits

strawberries in a bowlIf you love strawberries, of course you won’t need much to encourage you to eat these lovely nuggets of power. Yes they are power packed with goodness that is not just good for your health, but excellent in improving your complexion, allergies due to its high anti-oxidant levels. Its also rich with Vitamin-C, much higher than cranberries or your average apple or orange.

For those that find strawberries a little tart (ie sour), its easy to just take it with a little yogurt (if you are counting calories, use a plain yogurt and add a little spoonful of honey).

A little bit more about this wonderful Power Fruit that you may not know.

In the month of APRIL – we are promoting Strawberries, so if you would like to have a strawberry fan-fest in your office, with some other fruits as well, please contact us at 63361775

Nutritional value of Strawberries

In addition to having a very important nutritional value, with an abundance of antioxidants like anthocyanins, strawberries have been used for centuries as symbols of purity and longevity (they were used as sacred symbols by Christian stonemasons) and depending on cultures were believed to prolong life (like the famous 18th century writer Fontenelle, a centenarian who believed strawberries to be the cause of his longevity) or to be highly poisonous (like in Argentina until 1850).

Like many other berries, strawberries contain high amounts of antioxidants, in particular anthocyanins type 2 and ellagitannins. These pigments are responsible for strawberries’ red color, as well as their powerful oxygen quenching capabilities.

Antioxidants like anthocyanins have been shown by several studies to be effective in reducing risks of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and inflammation-related diseases.

Anthocyanins have a function similar to cyclooxigenase inhibitors (such as aspirin and other NSAIDs), in that they reduce the transformation of arachydonic acid (a saturated fat) into prostaglandins (mediators of inflammation).

Clinically, COX1 inhibitors have been linked to a reduction in mucous secretion in the gastric mucosa, but this has not been the case with COX2 inhibitors, and anthocyanins appear to not cause these side-effects as well: in a way, they can be considered a safer version of aspirin in their anti-inflammatory properties.

As for their anti-cancer and anti-cardiovascular disease properties, they are caused by the reduction in cellular damage caused by free radicals: some oxygen species such as the superoxide ion can be quenched by the antioxidant power of anthocyanins contained in strawberries.

This in turn greatly reduces the rate of mutation in our cells, which is a direct measure for the risk of developing cancer and diseases such as atherosclerosis.