BananasBananas are not only delicious, but they are readily available and full of potassium. Potassium plays a major role in the body in helping to maintain cell integrity, fluid and electrolyte function, and most importantly a steady heartbeat.

Blueberries are brain food, and contain compounds like anthocyanin that are both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Inflammation and occidative stress are involved in virtually every killer disease such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Diabetes and Heart Disease.  The best part about blueberries is that you can receive all the health benefits by adding a 1/2 cup a day of wild or frozen blueberries to your diet.

Cantaloupe is not only a high-volume, low calorie food high in potassium and Vitamin A, but it is also high in beta-carotene. Though many people are aware of Vitamin A's role in vision, and growth and bone development, what is not well known is the very important role it plays in supporting the immune system.

Cherries are loaded with anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-cancer compounds. The cancer fighting agents include a flavonoid called quercertin, as well as ellagic acid.  Ellagic Acid is a naturally occurring phenolic known to be both anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic.

coconutsCoconut contains some of the most heart healthy, life supporting fat on the planet.  We cannot exist without it.  It's incorporated into our cell membranes and used as an energy source.  Fifty percent of the fat in coconut is lauric acid. In the human body, lauric acid is formed into monolaurin, which is basically a bug killer.  It's antiviral and antibacterial.

Kiwi is the most nutrient dense of all fruits and has the highest level of Vitamin C, almost twice that of an orange. Some facts you may not be aware of is that Kiwi exhibits a significant ability to reduce oxidative stress (damage from free radicals) and also works as a blood thinner with none of the side effects of aspirin.

lemonsLemons and Limes are not only a great source of Vitamin C, but also contain two other important compounds. The first, chemicals called limonoids in addition to a compound called limonene.  Another limonoid present in lemons called limonin seems to lower cholesterol. Both lemons and limes have anti-cancer properties.

Mangoes - What can I say about Mangoes, except that they're awesome and delicious. They are another high volume food meaning they contain a high percentage of water so you are able to consume a lot of food for a relatively few number of calories (135 for a large mango). Mangoes contain a significant amount of potassium, vitamin A and beta-carotene plus they have some vitamin C and K, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. They are believed to be a rich source of enzymes, making them ideal to use as a tenderizing agent and perfect for marinades.

Papayas, along with Pineapples, are one of the best sources of digestive enzymes. They are also a great source of the lesser known cousin of beta-carotene called beta-crypyoxanthin, which is also a member of the carotenoid family. These enzymes seem to reduce the risk of colon and liver cancer. In addition, papaya enzymes ease digestion, pain and inflammation.