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Examples of Fruit and Vegetable Bioactivity

The examples below provide some insight into uses and benefits of selected fruit and vegetable extracts. All of these botanicals have particular health benefits when ingested internally. Many of them are also effective topically. The last 6 botanicals provide examples of topical benefits.

Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)Ginger is a warming digestive; anti-nausea; anti-ulcer, cold & headache remedy.

Kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis)Excellent source of potassium which lowers blood pressure. Also a good source of Vitamin C and other nutrients. 

 Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)High antioxidant levels for hepatoprotective, choleretic and anti-cholestatic activity.

Asparagus (Asparagus cochinensis) High in polysaccharides and flavonoids such as rutin, kaempferol, quercetin and inulin.

Onion (Allium cepa) Good source of quercetin and folic acid. May help lower blood sugar levels and inhibit ulcer- causing H. pyloribacteria.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Spp.)Warming digestive, antioxidant, and antibiotic that helps lower blood sugar and lower cellular insulin resistance.

Lemon (Citrus limonum) High in bioflavonoids; high antioxidant activity; detoxifier 

Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinales) Aids memory, potentially helpful in Alzheimer’s disease, inhibits lipase, slowing fat metabolism; useful in weight management; food spoilage retardant; antioxidant; anti-viral. 

Watermelon( (Citrullis lanatus) – A source of vitamins A and C. An excellent source of lycopene for prostate health and prevention of age related macular degeneration.

Pumpkin (Curcubita maxima) -High in phytosterols and linoleic acid. Good for prostate health.

Yumberry (Myrica rubra) -High in antioxidants and vitamins.

Luo Han Guo (Monk Fruit)(Momordica grosvenori) 250x sweeter than sugar with low glycemic index. Considered GRAS. 

Mango (Magifera indica)moisturizes and softens the skin 

Citrus Fruit (Citrus Spp.)Astringent, excellent skin clarifier, rich in antioxidant bioflavonoids that provide skin-preserving antiaging effects.

Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) High in Alpha Lipoic Acid, contains sulforophane and glutathione s-transferase, important for cancer protection.

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)Used in facial creams, lotions and cleansers for its skin-freshening and cooling properties

Papaya (Carica papaya) Papaya contains enzymes (papain) that break down keratin, gently exfoliating the skin, leaving a soft smooth surface. 

 Purple Sweet Potato(Ipomoea batatas)