The Apricot occupies a prominent position in many ancient folklores and literature, as there are numerous good luck stories and poems associated with this golden fruit. This spring fruit has a sweet taste with a dash of tart and is highly nutritious. When included in your diet, it can have several health benefits.
Apricots are a round shaped, colorful fruit and it is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and many other micronutrients. The potassium, calcium and beta carotene contents of this fruit are exceptionally high. Apricots also contain a substantial amount of Vitamin K, folic acid, iron, fiber, magnesium and phosphorus. The yellow-orange color of the fruit is caused by the phytochemicals known as carotenoids.
You can consume apricots in the fresh form as a seasonal fruit and also in the dried form that is available all through the year.
Apricots are used to treat several diseases associated with iron deficiency including anemia. This high Vitamin A and Vitamin C content in this fruit makes it a great skin tonic. It has been suggested that they can be used holistically to treat several skin disorders such as eczema and scabies, etc.
The antioxidant properties in one of its carotenoids known as lycopene reduce the risk of heart diseases and certain forms of cancer. The beta carotene content in this fruit improves your eyesight and strengthens muscles. Its high dietary fiber helps in normalizing your bowel movements.
Enjoy an Apricot soon, you’ll be happy you did!