You have probably been told to eat your greens, but has anyone ever told you to eat your purples?
As with all fruits and vegetables, the darker the color, the higher the level of antioxidants. Dark purple fruits and vegetables are no exception. Antioxidants have the ability to rid the body of free radicals and keep you looking and feeling younger.
Foods with a dark purple pigment also contain flavonoids, including resveratrol, which helps decrease blood pressure. Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreasing the pressure in the arteries and allowing for better circulation. Produce with a purple hue contains a variety of polyphenols that act as anti-inflammatories.
Richlyhued purple fruits and veggies help heart health, blood pressure and weight control. The next time you are at the grocery store planning your weekly meals, be sure to reach for purple onions, concord grapes, purple cabbage, black mission figs, prunes and blackberries. Not only will the dark purple color of the fruits and vegetables liven up your table, these foods have amazing healing powers too.