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Apricot Health Benefits

Apricot is a fruit or the tree that bears the fruit that belong to the family of Rosacea. The flesh is usually firm and not very juicy. Its taste can range from sweet to tart. Aside from the many health benefits of the apricot, it is also a wonderful diet food, providing a large amount of healthful nutrition to the body as well as keeping down caloric intake, as they are very low in calories as compared to other fruits.

 

Fresh apricots are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C, E, potassium, and iron, as well as being a great source of beta-carotene. In fact, 2-3 apricots will give you nearly 50% of your daily value of Vitamin A.

 

A fat-soluble vitamin that’s naturally present in many foods, vitamin A is important for normal vision, proper immune system function, reproduction, and maintaining healthy skin, teeth, and skeletal and soft tissue.

 

Apricots contain significant amounts of both insoluble and soluble fiber, but are especially high in soluble fiber, which promotes and helps maintain healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels. A 1-cup serving of sliced apricots (approximately four-and-a-half fruits) provides about 79 calories and 3.3 grams of fiber.

 

Apricots when ripened naturally are a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are required by the body to aid the body’s natural functioning.

 

The higher the amount of antioxidants in the body, the higher the rate of elimination of toxins in the body, toxins are harmful substances that accumulate in the intestines and the digestive tract.

 

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.

 

Apricot season lasts from May until September. Buy fresh, well ripe fruits that feature uniform golden-orange colour and rich aroma.

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