Your quick guide to seasonal fruit and vegetables in South Africa

Your quick guide to seasonal fruit and vegetables in South Africa

When it comes to healthy eating, there are numerous benefits to eating local, in-season produce. Here are 8 reasons: 

1. It supports a healthy gut microbiome – the community of trillions of microbes that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. Our gut microbiome, which has a huge influence on our immune system benefits from the variety (and the quantities) of in-season produce as the varying chemicals and types of fibre support different microbial species. 

2. It caters to your body’s nutritional needs each season, e.g. In winter, the vitamin C in oranges helps your immune system, while sweet, juicy summer fruits, such as watermelon, give you energy and keep you hydrated in warm weather. 

3. It’s fresher. 

4. It’s richer in flavour because it is ripened naturally and harvested at the right time. 

5. Therefore it’s also more nutritious. 

6. It’s cheaper – locally sourced, in-season produce is more affordable because of lower production costs. 

7. It helps local farmers and businesses. 

8. It contributes to lower carbon emissions through less transportation and refrigeration. 

List of seasonal fruit and vegetables 

ACTIVE INGREDIENT

QUANTITY (MG)

% NRV*

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

200

200

Trimagnesium citrate
providing magnesium (elemental)
1724,1
250
60
Zinc citrate
providing zinc (elemental)
80,1
25
227
Vitamin K2 (menaquinone K7)
providing vitamin K (elemental)
6,5
10 μg
8
[table “” not found /]

[table “” not found /]

[table “” not found /]

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

References 

1. Anon. (n.d.). Fruit and Veg Seasonal Chart. Joburg.co.za [Online] Accessed on 11 March 2022. Available from https://joburg.co.za/fruit-and-veg-seasonal-chart/ [J] 

2. Anon. (2022). Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa. Crush Magazine [Online]. Accessed on 11 March 2022. Available from https://crushmag-online.com/seasonal-fruit-vegetable-chart-south-africa/ [CM] 

3. Schend, J. (2020). 15 Foods That Boost the Immune System. Healthline [Online]. Accessed on 1 July 2022. Available from https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system#red-bell-peppers [HL] 

4. Smith, M.D. (2020). 6 Must-Know Benefits of Eating Seasonally. Better Nutrition [Online]. Accessed on 11 March 2022. Available from https://www.betternutrition.com/ask-the-nutritionist/6-benefits-of-eating-seasonally/ [BN] 

5. Spector, T. 2020. 15 tips to boost your gut microbiome. BBC Science Focus Magazine. Accessed on 14 December 2021. Available from https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/how-to-boost-your-microbiome/ [BBC] 

6. Wallace, K. 2017. Benefits of Eating Seasonally. Dr Karen Wallace [Online]. Accessed on 11 March 2022. http://drkarenwallace.com/blog-drkaren-naturopathic-dartmouth/2017/10/25/benefits-of-eating-seasonally [KW] 

Disclaimer

These articles are for information purposes only. It cannot replace the diagnosis of a healthcare provider. Pharma Dynamics gives no warranty as to the accuracy of the information contained in such articles and shall not, under any circumstances, be liable for any consequences which may be suffered as a result of a user’s reliance thereon.

The information the reader is about to be referred to may not comply with the South Africa regulatory requirements. Information relevant to the South African environment is available from the Company and in the Professional Information/Patient Information Leaflet/Instructions for Use approved by the Regulatory Authority