Thursday, 30 January 2014

HEALTH BENEFITS OF APRICOT


Cancer: Apricots are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are proven to protect body from free radicals. Free radicals are produced in body due to pollution, UV rays and smoke. These free radicals interfere with the normal process of cell growth. It brings unusual changes in DNA of the cells. Due to this cancer cells are produced. American society states that food rich in Vitamin C helps to reduce risk of lungs, esophagus larynx. As apricots are rich in antioxidants it is effective to reduce the risk of many cancers. Heart Health: In research it is found that people eating food rich in Vitamin C have less risk to heart disease. Apricot is good food to reduce to risk of cardiovascular disease. It reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) thus it reduce risk of heart attack and improves heart health.
Anemia: Apricot is a rich source of iron. It plays an important role in the formation of blood. Thus it improves blood flow and thus increases energy flow. If we do not get enough iron in our daily diet then, we are risk to get anemia. So food rich in iron proves beneficial to prevent anemia. Improve digestion: Apricot is rich source of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber increase metabolism which improves digestion and prevents constipation problems. Eye vision: Food rich in Vitamin A, C, E and carotenoids reduce risk of eye vision problem. It improves eye vision and also prevents macular degeneration. So apricot has proved to improve eye vision. Skin: Apricot is rich source of antioxidants thus it improves skin health. Due to high antioxidant content it reduces risk of early ageing. It is also important as Vitamin A are used to acne and other skin problems. Weight loss: Apricot is rich in dietary fiber and also it is low calorie fruit. So it proves beneficial to lose weight. Asthma: Apricot is proved beneficial in treating asthma. Bone: Apricot is rich in calcium which is important in formation and development of bone. So it is beneficial from any bone related problems. Electrolyte: Apricot contains potassium and sodium which are required to maintain electrolyte level in balance. Electrolyte is important for transportation of ions to every cells of body. Also it maintains fluid level which is important for muscle contraction. So potassium and sodium plays important role in maintaining electrolyte level.
Apricot available in market is reddish orange color due to use of sulphur dioxide, preserving agent. It may harm you if have allergy. You can also go for brown-colored apricot as it is unsulphured. You can also eat dried apricots that are available in market all season. It is equally nutritious as fresh apricot.

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