Because of the country’s incredible weather, it is able produce healthy fruits and vegetables all year long.
Eating fruits and vegetables can help to reduce cholesterol, prevent cancer, reduce pain and inflammation and alleviate many other maladies associated with old age.
All you have to do is go to any of the weekend farmers market or ferías as they are called here, and you will see the large variety of healthy produce that is available all over the country.
Here is a list of some of vegetables and fruits readily available in Costa Rica and their health benefits for retirees and other who live in Costa Rica:
Apples (manzanas) – The old adage an apple a day keeps the doctor away is proven to be very true according to recent research.
Artichokes (alcachofas) – not too abundant in Costa Rica but can help blood coagulate
Asparagus (espárragos)– helps nourish good intestinal bacteria
Avocado (aguacate) – helps protect the liver and is good for the skin
Banana (banano) – high in potassium and helps burn body fat
Blackberries (mora) – help bone density and are good antioxidants
Broccoli (brecoles or broccoli) – very high in beta carotene which helps prevent many types of cancer
Cabbage (repollo) – helps blood coagulate
Carrot (zanahoria) – high in antioxidants and can help one’s vision
Cauliflower (coliflor) – helps to detox the body
Cherries (cerezas) – can alleviate arthritic pain and gout
Coconut (coco or pipa) – The cholesterol-lowering properties of coconut oil are linked directly to this ability to stimulate thyroid function. Coconut oil raises your metabolic rate, helping to release energy and proper weight loss.
Cranberries (arándano) – good for the bladder and can lessen prostate pain
Kiwi (kiwi) – helps prevent wrinkles
Mango (mango) – helps the immune system
Melon (melón) – helps to strengthen the immune system
Mushrooms (hongos) – high in copper and help detox the body
Orange (naranja) – high in vitamin C and help to reduce bad cholesterol
Papaya (papaya) – its enzymes help digestion
Pears (ciruelas) – reduce constipation
Pineapple (piña) – a variety of benefits
Pomegranate (granada) – helps protect the skin from the sun
Rasberries (frambuesas) – can help to inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer.
Sour sop (Guanábana) – has cancer fighting proprieties
Squash (calabaza) – can help night vision
Sweet potato (camote) – helps prevent strokes
Tomato (tomate) – This fruit is good for the prostate.
Watermelon (sandía) – helps male fertility