Apricots are a vibrant orange-yellow fruit that are packed with a lot of great health benefits. Although fresh apricots are generally available during the summer months, you can get dried or canned apricots at any time of the year. They may also be available in some produce markets during colder months. Whichever way you prefer to eat them – fresh, canned or dried – apricots are full of many wonderful vitamins and nutrients that will help you feel healthier on a daily basis.
Apricots are a great source of plenty of nutrients, especially vitamin A. In fact, a serving of apricots has almost 20 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, providing a great way to get a significant amount of this important vitamin quickly and easily. Additionally, apricots also contain a good amount of vitamin C. Other important nutrients found in apricots include dietary fiber, beta carotene, iron, copper and potassium. Each of these important nutrients play a role in helping to prevent or treat disease, illness or other health conditions. Meanwhile, eating an apricot is a great way to satisfy your hunger without consuming a lot of calories. One serving of apricots is generally only about 16 calories.
Below are some health benefits of apricot:
1. Good for eyes:
Apricot is good for eyes. It reduces the risk of developing eye disorder because of the carotenoids and the various vitamins especially Vitamin A and Beta Carotene present in it. It also helps in strengthening the optic nerves in eyes and lowers the risk of another major eye related illness called Neovascular ARMD.
Apricots are rich in fiber and are therefore good for smooth bowel movements. It is often recommended to patients who regularly suffer from constipation due to its laxative properties. Fiber is a way to bulk up the stool. In this way, it becomes easier to transport through the bowels to its eventual excretion from the body. Fiber stimulates the gastric and digestive juices that help absorb the nutrients and break down the food for easier processing. Furthermore, fiber also activates the peristaltic motion of the digestive tract, and those smooth muscles movements are what keep your bowel movements regulated.
3. Good for heart:
The high amount of soluble fibers in the fruit is beneficial to the heart. The high fiber content helps in reducing the LDL or bad cholesterol content in the body, thus lowering your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Consuming half a cup of apricots every day is useful and beneficial to the health of your heart.
4. Fluid Levels and Metabolism:
Fluid levels throughout the body are dependent mainly on two minerals, potassium and sodium. The high amounts of potassium in apricots has been linked to maintaining fluid balance in the body, and ensuring that energy is properly distributed to the right organs and muscles. By maintaining a healthy balance of electrolytes, you can have more energy, reduce cramping, and keep blood and usable energy pumping through your body as you need it.
5. Strengthens bones:
Apricots are good for bones and helps in strengthening it, as the fruit is rich in calcium and potassium content. Body requires calcium in bone formation and bone development. Thus lack of calcium leads to a disorder of the bones called Osteoporosis.
Apricot juice is often given to patients suffering from fever because it provides necessary vitamins, minerals, calories and water to the body, while also detoxifying various systems and organs. Some people also use steamed apricot to relieve fevers. In this way, apricot is a soothing, anti-inflammatory substance that can also impact the body’s overall temperature level when you aren’t sick.
7. Good for skin:
Apricot contains high level of antioxidants like vitamin A, Vitamin C and phytonutrients which is good for skin. The antioxidants in the fruit slow down the process of ageing Vitamin A also ensure that the skin is free from acne and any other skin problems.
It is also believed that apricot oil is anti-asthmatic in nature and helps in treating the disease and its related symptoms. It has certain expectorant and stimulant qualities due to its essential oils. One of these can help to relieve pressure and stress on the lungs and respiratory system, thereby preventing asthma attacks before they begin.
The seeds of apricot are believed to aid in the treatment of cancer. Between the carotenoids and the other antioxidant compounds that apricots have, it is no surprise that they are a threat to free radicals. Free radicals are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate their DNA into cancerous cells. Antioxidants neutralize these harmful compounds and ensure that the body doesn’t contract conditions like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and aging skin. Apricots have been directly linked to reducing the risk of cancer.
These were some amazing benefits one can avail from apricots. But before we pack up, a word of caution: There are no inherent dangers of eating apricots; however, there is some concern about the healthy nature of dried fruit, which apricot is frequently made into. Sulphites have been found in most dried foods, and that is not a good thing. Sulphites can seriously impact asthma and induce asthmatic attacks. Therefore, as an asthma medicine, use fresh apricots, rather than dried versions. Other than that friendly caution, enjoy the tangy, sweet taste of apricots and see all the good it can do! And let the comments coming..!! J
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