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10 Best Antioxidant-Rich Fruits

Antioxidants provide around-the-clock defenses against free-radical damage to your arteries. Researchers at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University measured various fruits for their ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), which is just another way of saying their antioxidant power.

1. Prunes
2. Raisins
3. Blueberries
4. Blackberries
5. Strawberries
6. Raspberries
7. Plums
8. Oranges
9. Grapes
10. Cherries

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Tips for Selecting Ripe Summer Fruit

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Since it is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month, you are probably choppin’ at the bit to get your taste buds on some fresh fruit.

So how can you tell which fruit is ripe for the pickin’?

Here are a few quick tips for some of the most popular summer fruits to make sure you select the tastiest fruit from the grocery or farmers’ market.

1. Watermelon: A ripe watermelon will make a hollow sound. For a more effective freshness test, choose a melon that is heavy for its size and has a mild yellow underside.

2. Peaches: A good peach will give with soft pressure and have a strong aroma and no dark or mushy spots. For a little further ripening, place peaches in a brown paper bag on a counter for a day or two to soften.

3. Cherries: Ripe cherries should have firm texture and be deep-red in color. They can be kept in the refrigerator for several days and in the freezer for up to one year.

Craving more fruit pickin’ tips?

Visit Fruit and Veggie Guru for tips on how to find the ripest fruit on a fruit-by-fruit basis.

And make sure to wash all of your fruit before slicing or eating. Any bacteria and germs that might have collected on the skin of the fruit will enter it when you plunge the knife in.

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Deal of the Day: Bilberry Extract Plus

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Deal of the Day: Bilberry Extract Plus from VirtuVites

Anthocyanidin (a flavonoid) is the primary compound in bilberry fruit and is the component that researchers think is responsible for the vision improvement. Studies have show that bilberry can improve night vision as well as improves nearsightedness during the day as well.

It has been shown to build strong capillaries and improving circulation throughout the entire body. Anthocyanidins may prevent blood platelets from clumping together, which minimizes the risk of blood clots (associated with heart attack and stroke).

SHOP FOR Bilberry Extract

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June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month

Summertime and the eating is easy when you can graze your way through the stacks of fresh produce now available in grocery stores and farmers’ markets. And to celebrate summer and healthy eating, June is designated National Fruit and Vegetable Month.

This month the VirtuVites Blog will be celebrating all things healthy this month with a series of posts on Fruits and Vegetables.

Produce for Better Health Foundation offers the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters health initiative. A health initiative that offers expert cooking advice, nutrition information and shopping tips. PBH is a non-profit consumer education foundation whose purpose is to motivate people to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve public health.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Eat MORE Fruits & Vegetables from the Produce for Better Health Foundation

10: Texture. Fruits and veggies add color, texture to your plate.
9: Convenience. Nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice.
8: Fiber.
7: Low in Calories.
6: May Reduce Disease Risk.
5: Vitamins & Minerals.
4: Variety. There’s always something new to try!
3: Quick, Natural Snack.
2: Fun to Eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel …
1: Taste Great!

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