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April: seasonal fruits and vegetables

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, you can check the month of October: Seasonal fruits and vegetables

Seasonal fruits in April

Strawberries or strawberries : Strawberries or strawberries provide few calories, abundant vitamin C and antioxidants, which counteract aging and the harmful effect of substances that can promote the development of cancer . In case of being in the first months of pregnancy, its consumption is adequate due to its abundance of folic acid or folates . In cases of hyperuricemia or gout , strawberries have a beneficial diuretic effect. Likewise if you have high blood pressure or other diseases associated with fluid retention. Keep reading more about benefits of strawberries or strawberries

Kiwis: They provide significant amounts of soluble fiber , which helps normalize cholesterol levels and facilitates intestinal transit , avoiding constipation . Kiwi is an excellent source of vitamin C. A single kiwi more than covers the daily needs of this vitamin for both an adult and a child. It is also rich in vitamin E and folic acid . In this way, kiwi strengthens the immune system , which defends the body, prevents possible infections (colds and flu, among others), and favors the absorption of iron.(for its richness in vitamin C). Keep reading more about the nutritional properties of kiwi.

Lemons : Due to its refreshing, antiseptic properties and its vitamin C content, lemon alleviates certain respiratory tract conditions, as well as some throat inflammations, aphonia and tonsillitis. This is the reason why you gargle with the juice of a lemon diluted with a little warm water. Its powerful antibacterial and antiviral action is good for sore throats, mouth ulcers and gingivitis. Learn more about the properties of lemon

Tangerines : it is one of the fruits that has the most carotenoids in its composition. The antioxidant activity of these phytochemical elements and of vitamin C, provide the food with physiological properties that go beyond the nutritional ones themselves. Antioxidants fight the harmful action of free radicals, substances responsible for the development of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases and cancer. More information about mandarins

Apples : the apple is, after the quince, one of the fruits richest in tannins, substances with astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the actions of tannins are to dry and reduce inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, which is why they are effective in the treatment of diarrhea. It favors the elimination of body fluids, being very suitable in cases of obesity, rheumatic diseases. More about the properties of apples .

Oranges : They contain malic acid, citric acid -both are disinfectants and alkalize the body-, oxalic acid and tartatic acid. Citric acid is also a purifying and intestinal disinfectant, it acts as an analgesic in stomach pains, fortifies the stomach muscles, dissolves accumulated waste and facilitates the secretion of gastric juices necessary to digest food. Furthermore, these same effects of cleaning waste and stimulating functions are also produced in the liver, the pancreas – its contamination by fat storage is the cause of many disorders – and the bladder. More information about the properties of oranges

Loquats : the loquat tree produces orange and fleshy fruits, with a sweet taste and an acid touch, but the loquat also contains important vitamins and minerals for our body, highlighting sugars, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, vitamin B, fiber, pectin, tannins and vitamin More about the properties of loquats

Pears : it is a diuretic, uricolithic (dissolves uric acid), cleansing, laxative, remineralizing, stomachic, astringent and sedative food. Due to its low content in carbohydrates and sodium, it is recommended for diabetics, hypertensive people and for those who have suffered from heart disease. Of great value in cases of rheumatism, gout, arthritis, stress, anemia, diarrhea, obesity and high blood pressure. More about the benefits of pears

Pineapple : it is very beneficial to improve the absorption of iron, regulates intestinal transit, strengthens the immune system, also has a diuretic effect, which greatly helps to eliminate fluids. Another property of pineapple is that it prevents the formation of blood clots, preventing strokes and heart attacks. Keep reading more about the properties of pineapple

Bananas : Its high iron content makes bananas stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood, significantly contributing to heal cases of anemia. Due to its smooth and lubricating texture, the banana is used in the diet as a food indicated for intestinal disorders. Banana is one of the most nutritious foods that nature offers us, especially potassium, vitamin B6 and folic acid. Keep reading more about the properties of banana

 

Seasonal vegetables in April

Chard : Chard has many medicinal uses, being emollient, refreshing, digestive, diuretic, diaphoretic and nutritious. The decoction of the leaves is used successfully in inflammation of the bladder and against constipation. It also provides valuable services in hemorrhoids and skin diseases. More information about the benefits of chard

Garlic : It fights infections, is a powerful anti-inflammatory, increases defenses, improves circulation, prevents arteriosclerosis, reduces excess fat in the blood, prevents hypertension, relieves pain, is an effective expectorant, is indicated in problems of the respiratory system and is diuretic and stimulating. Keep reading more about the properties of garlic

Artichokes : they favor the rapid digestion and elimination of fats, help to eliminate adhesions and toxins in the intestines and blood, since it is rich Phytosterols, a substance that helps to restrict the absorption of cholesterol at the intestinal level and thus prevent its accumulation in the organiso. They collaborate with liver function, it is used to cure diseases related to this important organ such as cirrhosis, poisoning, hepatitis), jaundice, etc. Learn more about the properties of artichokes.

Celery : Considered one of the best vegetable diuretics that exist, it also remineralizes the body, detoxifies it, purifies the blood, improves digestion, lowers blood pressure, regulates intestinal peristalsis, opens the appetite and relieves joint pain in addition to preventing and fighting cancer. Not forgetting that it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, expectorant and sedative properties. In short, another of those foods that should not be missing on our table. More information about celery

Eggplants : Eggplant is a food with detoxifying properties . On the one hand, it helps the body eliminate toxins through a mild diuretic action produced by its high potassium content. Thus, eggplant is used to alleviate edema and to control blood pressure in hypertensive people . On the other hand, eggplant is a laxative food , ideal for re-educating a lazy intestine. Learn more about the benefits of aubergines

Watercress : watercress is a food very rich in nutrients: it contains high levels of vitamins A, B and C, as well as considerable amounts of iodine, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium or iron (the latter even in levels higher than spinach ), amino acids, fiber. Keep reading more about the properties of watercress .

Borage : it has good amounts of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene), both of recognized antioxidant action. Vitamin A or retinol contributes to the maintenance and repair of body tissues, promotes resistance to infections, is necessary for the proper development of the nervous system and vision, and is involved in growth. In addition, it is recognized for its antioxidant action, like vitamin C. The latter is involved in the formation of collagen, bones, teeth and red blood cells, in addition to promoting resistance to infections and the absorption of certain nutrients from food ( iron, folic acid and certain amino acids). Learn more about the properties of borage.

Broccoli : Provides high amounts of vitamin C, to the point that a 200 g serving contains more than three times the daily recommendations for vitamin C. Vitamin C has antiviral power and improves cardiovascular health. It also contains lutein, an antioxidant important for eye health, and a large amount of glucosinolates, which is why it has anti-cancer effects. Broccoli is the vegetable with the highest nutritional contribution per unit of edible weight. Keep reading more about broccoli

Zucchini : this vegetable is rich in water and low in calories. It is as rich in vitamins and minerals as pumpkins, being very rich in potassium and vitamin C. Learn more about the properties of zucchini and learn how to grow your own organic zucchini

Pumpkins : they are very beneficial, especially for diabetics, as it regulates blood sugar. They have diuretic properties, which are beneficial in case of fluid retention. Its purifying properties improve intestinal problems. That is why it is a food that helps us to improve the symptoms of rheumatism, since it is a good diuretic and in cases of arthritis and joint inflammations. The diuretic and purifying effect that pumpkin has is a good way to keep kidneys in perfect condition. More information about the properties of pumpkin

Canons : It is an interesting source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and folic acid. It has diuretic, cleansing and laxative properties. It is consumed fresh in salads. Learn more about the benefits of canons and even how to cultivate them.

Onions : It is a great disinfectant, therefore eating it especially raw helps us protect ourselves against infectious diseases. Topically combats dandruff and hair loss, rubbing our heads with its juice frequently. It is also very good for all respiratory conditions, when we have coughs, colds, colds, flu, bronchitis. More about onion

Cauliflower : it is recommended for its high content of phytochemicals (glucosinolates, isothiocyanates and indoles). These contribute to the prevention of some degenerative diseases and to stimulate the immune system due to its antioxidant nature. Due to its excellent folate content, cauliflower is a vegetable to take into account in the diet of pregnant women. Deficiency of this vitamin during the first weeks of pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects, such as spina bifida or anencephaly, in the future baby. Cauliflower properties

Asparagus : They have vitamins A, C, E, group B (B1, B2, B6), minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, antioxidants, etc. It is due to its potassium content that it favors the elimination of liquids, which is why they have diuretic properties. Thanks to folic acid, and together with iron, it contributes to the formation of red blood cells . Vitamin A is good for your eyes, nails and hair and also acts as a cleanser.  Due to its contribution in vitamin B, it is very beneficial for the nervous system . Another great nutritional contribution of asparagus is glutarion , an excellent antioxidant that prevents cancer.Keep reading more about the properties of asparagus

Spinach : The high content of vitamin K in this vegetable makes taking spinach beneficial for proper blood clotting. This food is also beneficial for the metabolism of the bones. The folic acid or vitamin B9 from spinach makes this a highly recommended food for consumption during pregnancy or lactation. More properties of spinach

Peas : peas have everything you need to be a heart-healthy food. In addition, they are practically free of fat and sodium , two substances that in excess are contraindicated in cases of heart disease. It is advisable to add peas to the diet of those who suffer from heart failure, valve lesions, cardiomyopathies (degeneration of the heart muscle) and of course, angina pectoris or heart attack. Keep reading more about the benefits of peas

Broad beans: Broad beans are nutritious and can be a very beneficial food, low in fat and high in fiber, in any balanced diet. The beans in pod provide beta caronets, which the body converts into vitamin A. They also contain niacin, vitamin C and vitamin E. A small serving (100 grams) provides more than a quarter of the daily requirement of phosphorus which, among other functions , helps keep bones and teeth healthy. They are also high in soluble fiber, which can help lower blood cholesterol levels. Find out more about the properties of beans

Green beans or beans : they reduce blood pressure, are diuretic, so they improve cases of fluid retention, because of its folic acid content it is recommended in pregnancy, for cases of arthritis or gout, it improves cases of anemia thanks to its contribution in iron and calcium and have anti-inflammatory action. Learn how to grow green beans organically

Laurel : In infusion, bay leaves are able to relieve stomach discomfort (reduce gas, are good for intestinal spasms and help to have a correct digestion) and improve kidney pain. Laurel also regulates menstruation and is considered a diuretic, thus helping to eliminate excess fluids. Keep reading more about the benefits of laurel

Lettuce : It has the quality of having sedative and tranquilizing effects, therefore it calms the nerves, relieves palpitations and controls insomnia problems. It is ideal to consume the lettuce in the form of juice before going to bed. But lettuce offers us more benefits for our health

Red cabbage : highly recommended for people suffering from respiratory conditions. By reducing cholesterol, it helps us protect our heart from cardiovascular disease. It also has the quality of eliminating and inhibiting the action of carcinogens. And if you suffer from poor digestion or even intestinal diseases, it is vital that you include it in your diet. You can even grow it yourself

Mint : Its infused leaf is digestive and stimulating. Soothes headaches and digestive disorders. Learn more about the properties of mint .

Turnips : provides vitamin C and folates. Vitamin C, in addition to having a powerful antioxidant action, is involved in the formation of collagen, bones, teeth and red blood cells. It also favors the absorption of iron from food and resistance to infections. Keep reading more about the properties of turnips

Potatoes : fight blood pressure, are diuretic, have vitamin C, and minerals such as potassium and partner, are beneficial in cases of stomach or liver problems, and in cases of kidney stones. Topically they improve the condition of the skin, its correct healing, tired eyes and even bruises. Learn more about the nutritional properties of potatoes.

Parsley: Parsley, being a food rich in potassium, helps good circulation, regulating blood pressure, making it a beneficial food for people suffering from hypertension. The potassium in this seasoning helps regulate body fluids and can help prevent rheumatic diseases or arthritis. But it still has many more properties, know the benefits of parsley

Peppers : Peppers have antioxidants , high content of beta-carotene and vitamins B2 and E, therefore it prevents degenerative and chronic diseases. They also contain capsaicin, which is an alkaloid and helps stimulate gastric secretions, gallbladder function and notably favor intestinal transit. Learn more about the properties of peppers

Leeks : leeks have diuretic properties and improve intestinal transit, fighting constipation. Beneficial against respiratory conditions, improves blood circulation preventing hemorrhoids, clots, varicose veins, etc. It collaborates in the reduction of cholesterol and has an antibiotic effect. Learn more about the properties of leeks and learn how to grow leeks in an organic way

Radishes : promote the drainage of the liver and the gallbladder, stimulate the production of bile, eliminate waste and toxins from the body, regulate the functions of the colon or treat digestive disorders in addition to fever, intestinal infections, ulcers, colds, rheumatism or gout, to mention just a few ailments. In addition, several of its active principles give it important antimicrobial, antioxidant, expectorant, diuretic, immunostimulating, cleansing and anticancer properties. Keep reading more about radishes

Beets : If you are weak, convalescent or anemic, you cannot miss beets, they also prevent birth defects and help fight heart disease, improve our digestive system, and the immune system. Learn more about the properties of beets.

Cabbage or Cabbage : it is very beneficial for cases of uric acid, as well as for fluid retention, it also regulates hormonal function, has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory action, improving cases of rheumatism and arthritis. It is also recommended for stomach ulcers or applied externally to improve the condition of the skin. Learn how to grow cabbage organically

Romanesco : it is rich in vitamin C, protects us from cancer, strengthens our defenses and thus be able to avoid all kinds of diseases. During the winter it is very beneficial to keep the immune system working in perfect condition. Do not forget to include it in your diet.

Carrots : Its richness in antioxidants makes carrots an effective free radical scavenger, protecting cell membranes and preventing their genetic material from being altered. Therefore, it not only helps prevent degenerative diseases – cancer included – but also slows down the body’s aging process. But this is not all, I know the properties of carrots

 

 If you want to see some ideas and suggestions to make with seasonal fruits and vegetables, be sure to visit the RECIPES section (suitable for vegans)

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