Five Health Benefits of Apricot


Web Desk: They may seem much little, orange-yellow in colour, sweet and sour in taste but they are the bank of so many vitamins and anti-oxidents, moreover rich with so many other health benefits.

Apricots are juicy and yummy but they can be taken in dried form too. The best season for apricots is May till august.

Approximately 90 percent of apricots are grown in the United States and come from California.

Apricots originally came from China, and then made their way into the Persian Empire and onto the Mediterranean. There, they flourished.

Later, Spanish explorers introduced the fruit to the New World, specifically to California, where apricots were planted in the gardens of Spanish missions. The first major recorded production of apricots dates to 1972, south of San Francisco.

Apricots are rich in many plant antioxidants which are more difficult to obtain from other foods, and may be responsible for specific health benefits. Overall, consider the apricot to be a great food that provides you with the protective effects of antioxidants while adding very few calories to your daily total.

Rich Antioxidants

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Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage, the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.

Apricots contain a number of potent antioxidants. We rank the apricot as a good source of both vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and vitamin C. The health benefits associated with each are multiple and well-documented.

Protect your Eyesight

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Apricots are rich in the carotenoids and xanthophylls, Researchers believe that these nutrients help in protecting eyesight from aging-related damage.

One of these nutrients (lutein) appears to be able to protect the retina—the part of the eye that picks up the visual image from the environment—from damage caused by blue light.

Additionally, researchers says that regular intake of apricots lessen the risk of vision loss with aging. This benefit is found in people who eat three or more servings of fruit each day.

Better Blood Pressure Control

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Multiple studies have shown that catechin-rich foods can protect blood vessels from inflammation-related damage, leading to better blood pressure control.

A single apricot will provide you with 4-5 grams from catechins. These phytonutrients are potent anti-inflammatory nutrients and researchers have looked extensively at their health effects.

We have seen human research where diets rich in catechins—not specifically from apricots but from other catechin-rich foods like tea or cocoa—have led to significant beneficial changes.

Improve digestive system

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Apricots are a good source of dietary fiber. This overall fiber content should be helpful for most people in supporting digestive health. Within the total dietary fiber provided by apricots, about half consists of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is one type of fiber that can help to control blood cholesterol levels.

Reduces the chance of Cancer

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The rich levels of antioxidants in apricots are helpful in lowering your risk of developing cancer. In fact apricot kernels better known as its seeds have been found to kill cancerous growths without apparent side effects.

Antioxidants in the body keep it clean from free radicals. It thus saves the body from many different types of cancers, including cancers of the lungs, esophagus, and the larynx.

Free radicals inhibit the natural course of cell growth and in long term invade the healthy cells and destroy them as well.

The production of free radicals is a direct result of some molecules’ reaction with oxygen. Antioxidants are essentially body cleansing compounds that control these free radicals.

Source: Medical Daily

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