With the winter season at its peak, the occurrence of virals and infections are most likely to increase. Chances of viral infection, common cold, and dry skin increase because of the colder temperature. With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise, it is extremely important that your immunity remains strong. What’s better is when you can give it a boost with fruits. Moreover, it is always best to have seasonal fruits. This is because they provide the exact nutrients that our body requires for the current climate. And the best part is that a plentiful supply of seasonal fruits makes them affordable during the season.
Below are five fruits that you must-have during the winter season:
Apple: Apples, which are mostly from the mountains of Northern India, are one of the most widely available fruits during the winter season. It is a must-have fruit during the cold season. There is a famous saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and this is true because the fruit is rich in fiber and many vitamins and minerals. It contains pectin that promotes gut health and vitamin C helps boost immunity. Apples are a rich source of antioxidants and therefore reduce the risk of heart attack and diabetes.
Kiwi: It’s another fruit that is very easily available during the cold season. Apart from being a rich source of antioxidants, kiwis are packed with a variety of nutrients such as iron, vitamin C, and fiber. They also contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and iron.
Oranges: This sour and sweet fruit helps boost immunity, much needed during winters, as it contains Vitamin C. A strong immune system helps your fight off infections. The folate present in oranges is known to prevent anaemia. It is also said that consuming oranges can reduce the risk of kidney disease and cancer.
Guava: This is another incredibly nutritional fruit that is very easily available during winter. Including it in your daily routine during winters can help prevent cell damage and inflammation.
Grapes: They are available in different colours – green, red and purple. No matter which colour is your favorite, they all are highly nutritious. As grapes are rich in fiber, they are good for your digestive system. The natural phytochemicals (anthocyanins and resveratrol) present in grapes help to reduce inflammation and therefore reduce the risks of several chronic inflammatory diseases.