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Apricot Fruit Health Benefits

Apricots are small, golden orange fruits, with velvety skin and flesh; it is originally from China but arrived in Europe via Armenia, which is why the scientific name is Prunus armenaica. Apricots are enjoyed as a fresh fruit but also dried, cooked into pastry, and eaten as jam. The fruits are also distilled into brandy and liqueur.

 

During the spring, the plant bears plenty of beautiful pinkish-white flowers, which attract bees. The fruits have almost uniform size, 4-5 cm in diameter, and weigh about 35 g.

 

In structure; the fruit is a drupe, consist of a centrally located single seed surrounded by crunchy, aromatic edible flesh.

 

Apricots are rich in many plant antioxidants like flavonoids. Diets rich in flavonoids and the other types of polyphenols found in apricots have been linked to reductions in heart disease in humans, as well as other potential health benefits.

 

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.

 

Apricots are excellent sources of vitamin-A, and carotenes. Both compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision.

 

Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes helps protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers.

 

They are also good source of minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and manganese. Potassium is a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

 

Fruits like apricots and those belonging to the same family are high in potassium. High levels of potassium are extremely beneficial to your body.

 

When potassium combines with sodium or salt, it regulates the water levels within and between cells. A good amount of potassium is also required to keep the blood pressure level stable.

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