Health Benefits of Apricots

Apricot is an orange-yellowish fruit that belongs to the prunus or Rosacea family.

A fully grown apricot is quite small in size and measures approx 1.5-2.5-cm. It has an outer shell that is soft and smooth with a velvet-like finish. This fruit is great in dried or fresh form with either option being just as nutritious.

An apricot is rich in vitamin and minerals, including:

What are apricots good for?

Here are five of the health benefits of apricots, dried and fresh:

1 – Antioxidants

A fully ripe apricot is loaded with antioxidants, which benefits the natural function of the body. A high level of antioxidant is appreciated for its ability to eliminate toxins from the system. If left in the body the toxins will start to build up in the digestive tract and intestines. Antioxidants are helpful for their ability to rid the body of free radicals, which can lead to cellular level damage to the body. Eating apricots helps to up the production of antioxidants.

A single apricot has only 18 calories.

2 – Fiber

Eating apricots will provide a useful source of dietary fiber, which is required by the body to help promote the good intestinal function, while also helping to control blood pressure. A 1 cup service of apricot has about 3-grams of fiber.

In Latin, the apricot is referred to as praecocquum, which translates to “early-ripening peach”.

3 – Potassium

Potassium is an essential mineral that benefits the organs, tissues, and cells throughout the body. Apricot is rich in electrolyte, which is a mineral needed to manage electricity in the body. Plus, it is useful for promoting better muscle contraction, heart function, lowering blood pressure, and bone formation.

Nearly 95% of the US grown apricots come from farmers in the state of California.

4 – Vitamin A

Apricots are a rich source of retinol (or vitamin A). Vitamin A is fat-soluble which helps in several areas include healthy fetal development, vision, and cellular differentiation. Plus, it has a central role in keeping the mucous membranes healthy and the immune-system functioning. This vitamin can further benefit the skin and treat the outbreak of acne, while also maintaining bone strength and lowering the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

5 – Vitamin C

Ascorbic acid (or vitamin C) is another of the vitamins contained in this delicious fruit. Vitamin C can act similar to an antioxidant to help the body fight-off the effects of free radicals, which have the potential to lower the risk of certain serious health conditions, include cancer. Other benefits of this vitamin include its ability to help with age-related macular degeneration, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and heart disease. Fresh apricot is the best choice to load up on vitamin C because it is sensitive to heat, air, and light, so dried fruit can lose some of its potency.

 

Apricot nutrition facts

  • A 100-gram serving of apricot (fresh) has 48 calories, 6% potassium, 12% vitamin A, and 12% vitamin C.
  • Apricot is low-fat and has a high amount of natural sugar.

 

Apricot Turnover Recipe (video)

 

Further reading:

  1. USDA National Agricultural Library
  2. USDA National Nutrient Database

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