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4 fruits to boost health in winter

by Wendy Martin (follow)
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When winter rolls around, it's often the the winter vegetables that get all the attention for keeping us healthy in the colder months (think vegetable stews and hearty soups)However, three winter fruits, all of which are in season, can deliver a huge boost of nutrients to your diet and help keep you healthy.

These three super-fruits are sure to keep your immune system ready fight off all the cold and flu nasties that roll around this time of year.



Orange fruit
The good old orange is still one of the best winter fruits for fighting off colds. Image Credit:Freeimages.com/Gabor Halaz


Oranges
It's an old favourite for boosting the immune system, but it's also one people tend to take for granted. Oranges are full of vitamin C, B1, fibre and folate. They are also great for lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure.

As an extra bonus, the white pulp inside the peel is packed with phytonutrients which is great for fighting inflammation (great for those who get achy joints in colder months).



Orange fruit
Like oranges, grapefruit is also a winter super-fruit. Image credit: www.freeimages.com/Hernan Herraro


Grapefruit
Just like oranges and all citrus, grapefruit are loaded with vitamin C. They also have hefty does of vitamins A (a powerful antioxidant) and B5 - fabulous for energy production when the cold weather has you feeling sluggish and tired.

Grapefruit is also full of antural fibre, folate and potassium so they're great for helping to fight off a cold, should you start coming down wih one. While they are an acquired taste, those who find them too bitter might enjoy them with a bit of raw honey or natural cane sugar.



Orange fruit
Apples are a perfect winter fruit, just remember whole apples are better than apple juice. Image credit: www.Freeimages.com.au/Gabor Halaz


Apples
Helpinig to keep the doctor away and in season throughout winter, apples are packed with antioxidants, fibre and vitamin C.

Additionally, the antioxidants that apples contain can help reduce hypertension and many doctors belive it can also help decrease the risk of many types of cancer and diabetes.

It's always better to enjpy apples whole rather than as apple juice to consume far less sugar and to get all the extra benefits of the natural fibre.



kiwi fruit
For such a small fruit, kiwi is loaded with a huge number of vitamins and nutrients. Image credit:www.freeimages.com/Jean Scheijen


Kiwi fruit
They're a small little fruit but they pack a large punch. Kiwi contains roughly 20 different (and powerful) nutrients such as vitamin A, B, E and K. Vitamin K is essntial for stronger bones and to help prevent blood clotting. And great circulation is vital for staying warm during the chilly months.

They also contain five times the vitamin C of an orange, making them a powerful little super-fruit.

As the temperature drops this winter, it's important to keep your vitamin levels up (especially vitamin C). Incorporating these four little super fruits into your diet can help keep you healthier this winter.

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