HEALTH BENEFITS OF
Apricots are one of the first signs of summer. They are those beautifully orange colored fruits full of beta-carotene and fiber. Relatives to peaches, apricots are small, golden orange fruits, with velvety skin and flesh, not too juicy but definitely smooth and sweet. Some describe their flavor as almost musky, with a faint tartness that lies somewhere between a peach and a plum.
Apricots are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene as well as in iron and potassium. It is also high in soluble fiber, which helps maintain regular bowel function. Apricots can also help stabilize blood pressure.
Apricots are full of nutrients such as vitamin A that promote good vision. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant which prevents free radical damage to cells and tissues of the eyes lenses. The degenerative effect of free radicals, or oxidative stress, may lead to cataracts or damage the blood supply to the eyes and cause macular degeneration.
Apricots are a good source of fiber, which has a wealth of benefits including preventing constipation and digestive conditions such as diverticulosis. A healthy, whole foods diet should include apricots as a delicious way to add to your fiber intake.
Apricot is also our heart’s best friend with the high beta-carotene and lycopene activity contents. Both beta-carotene and lycopene keep LDL cholesterol from oxidation thus protecting the heart.