Whether travelling abroad or holidaying at home don't forget your '5-a-day'; a healthier lifestyle can be just a visit to the nearest supermarket. Comprehensive research and clinical trials have proven that certain fruits have significant healing properties. In fact several of these fruits are now being used as alternative treatments for life-threatening conditions.
Strawberry extract relaxes the lining of blood vessels, which in turn decreases blood pressure, while strawberry leaf extract improves coronary artery blood flow. Additionally strawberry powder has been shown to improve the lipid profiles and reduce markers of oxidation stress and atherosclerosis.
In clinical trials, both coconut water and coconut milk have both been shown to display properties effective in fighting NSAID drug-induced mucosal erosion, making this hardy fruit a perfect dietary choice for sufferers of chronic and acute gastric ulcers.
A natural remedy for cleansing the body of toxins and infection. In fact cranberry extract is as effective as the common prescribed drugs in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections, alleviating the risk of developing antibiotic resistance or fungal infection.
An unlikely ally in the fight against cancer and a potential alternative cancer treatmnet, an enzyme in pineapple, Bromelain, has been proven to be effective in killing cancer cells in animal tests.
Recent clinical research indicate that the acids contained in watermelon, such as l-citrulline, assist in helping blood vessels to dilate and counteract Endothelial dysfunction while reducing blood pressure.
Put a cherry on top! Clinical trials have indicated that these small treats possess compounds known as anthocyanins which are as effective as NSAID drugs at treating inflammation and related discomfort.
Renowned for their ability to battle infections, medical studies have shown, six grapefruit seeds ingested every eight hours for two weeks, are effective in treating extreme strains of urinary tract infections.
Elderberries are an effective treatment for the prevention and reduction of respiratory infections, and Flavanoids which are present in elderberries are as effective as popular drugs like Tamiflu in repelling H1N1 and other strains of influenza.
With an ability to aid in the prevention of cardiovascular symptoms and heart disease, a combination of Kiwifruit extract and Hawthorn extract has proven superior to the drug Zocor in lowering cholesterol in mice.
Holistic Lemonade therapy is an effective alternative treatment for kidney stone for sufferers who cannot tolerate first line therapy.
Papaya is a time tested traditional treatment for skin ulcers and legions, recent research now indicates the topical application of unripened papaya on chronic skin ulcers yields positive results over 70% of the time.