As you can see in the list below, red fruits are quite common in nature. From tiny berries up to large watermelons, you can choose whatever fruit suits your taste buds. The red color in this fruit is caused by phytochemicals called anthocyanins and carotenoids (such as lycopene).
Did you know that these substances are responsible for blue and purple colors in fruits as well? Actually, the type of color and pigment anthocyanins create depends on their quantity and the pH inside the plant tissue.
Without any further delay, I am presenting you the most complex list of red fruits.
LIST OF RED FRUITS
Red Apples (with Skin)
Red Pear (with Skin)
Pink / Red Grapefruits
IMAGE GALLERY OF RED FRUITS
RED APPLES (WITH SKIN)
RED PEAR (WITH SKIN)
BENEFITS OF RED FRUITS FOR YOUR BODY
Red fruits are excellent for your health. They include various red pigments that provide many health benefits as these substances exhibit potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tendencies.
More precisely, there are several active substances in red fruits that promote better health:
- Ellagic acid
- Vitamins A & C
Each of these substances provides special health benefits for your body that I am going to analyze in the paragraphs below.
These substances provide several benefits for your body:
- Help fight inflammation
- Help to lower LDL cholesterol (which is the “bad” cholesterol)
- Support eye health, specifically the health of retina
- Help to boost the immune system
- Act as anticarcinogens (battles cancer-causing cells) especially throughout the digestive tract
- Reduce tumor growth
- Limit the activity of cancer cells throughout the body
- Help to reduce effects of Alzheimer´s disease
- Help protect your liver against alcohol damage
To my surprise, there have been conducted many research studies that have been dealing with anthocyanins. Just a quick online search will provide you with a lot of material to study.
One of the carotenoids, lycopene is a substance that gives a lot of fruit its red color. Not only that, it is a potent antioxidant with many health benefits:
- Reduction of a chance of developing cancer
- Promotes the health of a prostate gland
- Lowers the risk of heart disease
- Promotes healthy function of your arteries
- Boosts sperm concentration in men
- Protects skin against sunburn
- Helps prevent diabetes
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Reduction of age-related macular degeneration
Did you know that lycopene is much more easily absorbed by your body when cooked? So don’t forget to place your tomatoes (one of the richest sources of lycopene) on the pan and heat them.
Quercetin is another flavonoid hidden inside brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids, in general, have potent antioxidant properties and provide your body with these benefits:
- Help maintain healthy blood pressure
- Reduce risk of developing certain types of cancer
- Initiate apoptosis (cell death) of cancerous cells
- Prevent the release of histamine by your immune system
- Reduce the number of free radicals roaming inside your body
- Have potent anti-inflammatory properties
- Reduce symptoms of arthritis
- Maintain healthy arteries and reduce cholesterol
As you can see, quercetin is a very potent substance that can help your body to function much better. It can be found most commonly in cranberries, cherries, and apples.
Ellagic acid is another potent antioxidant, that except eliminating free radicals inside your body provides these benefits as well:
- Induces apoptosis (cell destruction) of some type of cancerous cells
- Slows the growth of cancerous cells
- Contains potent anti-inflammatory properties
- Reduces side-effects of obesity
- Helps fight viral and bacterial infections
- Promotes the health of your arteries and reduces blood pressure
- Protects the health of testicles
- Promotes healing of ulcers and dietary tract
- Protects against wrinkles and collagen degradation
You can find ellagic acid mostly in grapes, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, guava, and pomegranates.
Is a bioflavonoid substance that can be found the most in the peel of citrus fruits. It comes with several health benefits as well:
- Eases allergy and asthma symptoms thanks to antihistamine properties
- Helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels
- Reduces risks of developing certain types of cancer
- Promotes the health of your capillaries
Did you know that the richest source of hesperidin is grapefruit? Also, you can find this substance in lemons, limes, oranges, and tangerines.
Vitamin C is a well-known substance. Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant that protects your body from harmful free radicals.
Also, it is connected with these benefits:
- Improves iron absorption
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Reduction of high cholesterol
- Promotes function of white blood cells
- Important for the health of your skin, hair, and nails (delays aging process)
- Improves wound healing processes
- Stimulates collagen production
- Helps prevent cancer
- Aids in the treatment of osteoarthritis
- Promotes the health of your eyes
You can find vitamin C mostly in red fruits, including guava, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and papaya.
Vitamin A (more precisely its plant-based form called provitamin A or beta-carotene) is a very potent antioxidant that protects your body from harmful free radicals. Also, it is connected with these benefits:
- Protects your eyes from advanced age-related macular degeneration
- Promotes the good health of your bones and teeth
- Improves function of your immune system and white blood cells
- Reduces your cholesterol levels
- Prevents formation of urinary stones
- Promotes wound healing and tissue regeneration
- Promotes the health of your skin and soft tissue
- Reduces inflammation in your body
- Aids in reproduction and sperm health
You can find vitamin A mostly in brightly colored fruits such as cantaloupe, grapefruit, papaya, and apricots.