Apricot – a health food package
Apricot a golden and reddish fruit with beta carotene, vitamin C and fiber, is not only good in taste but also a health package which is hard to ignore. It’s available all the year round, either fresh in market or in tinned packages. Full of antioxidants, apricots are better option to refurbish the deficiency than other fruits.
Nutrients of Apricots
Apricots are the big source of vitamin A and C and variants of Vitamin B. Antioxidants are present in aplenty namely Quercetin, Gallic acid, Caffeic acid, Catechins, Hydoxycinnamics etc. These antioxidants are functional in body to encounter many problems.
Functions and benefits
Some of the diseases and conditions like cancer, fever, stomach problems, constipation etc, are taken care of, by consuming apricots regularly. The apricot oil extracted from its kernels is used in cosmetics, applied for skin improvement and used as muscle relaxant.
Beneficial for eyes
Presence of carotenoids in abundance in apricots helps slowing down aging process of eyes, like Retina of the eye, and apricot’s regular consumption helps curbing loss of vision also.
Catechin antioxidant present in apricot does control inflammation of blood arteries and other parts of the body. In a way these help in controlling hypertension.
Aids Digestive system
Apricots fibrous texture is very helpful for digestive system specifically for the laxative effect owing to enzymes and its fibers, which instigates the movement of bowel to be swift. The gastric juices are stimulated and help chronic constipation patients. Its regular intake will make muscles of whole digestive system better regulated.
Apricot seed contains oil which has vitamin B 17 which terminates cancerous cells.
Apricot contains iron and copper which reacts in the hemoglobin formation. Deficiency of hemoglobin is called Anemia, which weakens the whole system of the body, body fatigue; digestive problems and many other problems are related to it. When body makes more RBC these problems go away. So apricot is your call for breakfast and snacks each day. Iron in apricot helps to form red cells and boost metabolism for normal function of the body.
Apricots have most of the important minerals in them which help in bone formation and to take care of them with its intake, like calcium magnesium phosphorous iron etc. Its regular use will strengthen the bones and keep away osteoporosis.
Cold and flu
Apricot helps to make your immune system stronger, so it’s the shield against fever and cold.
Maintains balance of electrolytes
Potassium and sodium minerals present in apricot maintains fluid liquidity and its flow which is very important in insuring constant flow to each part of the body, by keeping up electrolytic system going smoothly. Proper system ensures reduction in cramps, boosting energy level of the body.
Cures skin problems
Skin ailments such as dryness of skin and eczema. Apricot oil which contains high vitamin A and E takes care of aging related problems, eczema and dryness of the skin. These problems are controllable with regular use of the Apricot Oil.
Apricot oil is used mixing with other oils and applied on skull to give the hair sheen.
Acts as moisturizer
Apricot oil is a good moisturizer if applied to hands, arms and other parts of the body.
How to consume
The apricots can be eaten raw after washing and with salad too.
Slices of apricots dipped in cereals is a good food
With green tea a very rich option
Mixed with grainy pan cakes
Can be cooked with chicken and other vegetables
Add to smoothies for more advantage
For asthmatic patients sulfur and its compounds are not best suited to their health. When preserved in bulk apricots are mixed with sulfur and sulfites which can be harmful to asthmatic patients. So fresh fruits of apricot always a bliss, and should be high on one’s list of priority as its high on nutrients needed for the wellness of the body