Apricots are small, golden orange colored fruits that belong to the Rosaceae family of fruit trees. An apricot fruit, also known as Khubani, comprises of a centrally located single seed surrounded by crunchy aromatic edible flesh. Apricots have a velvety skin and flesh. These fruits are not exremely succulent. The seed is also edible and is similar to almonds in taste and appearance. It is enclosed in a hard stony shell often called a “stone”.
Apricots are rich in antioxidants. The carotenoids and antioxidants protect our bodies from the dangerous free radicals and prevent the damage of cells. Apricots are also rich in vitamins A and C which are powerful antioxidants that fight cancerdiseases and boost the immune system. Moreover, apricot seeds contain a compound called B17 that can fight cancer and curb its mutative ability.
Remedy For Constipation
Apricots are rich in fiber and are,therefore, good for smooth and proper bowel movements.Fiber stimulates the gastric and digestive juices that help nutrient absorption and break down of the food for easier processing.Fiber also activates the peristaltic motion of the digestive tract. Apricots contain high amounts of pectin and cellulose that act as a mild laxative, thus helping in the treatment of constipation.
A high amount of vitamin C, as well as potassium and dietary fiber in apricots contribute to good cardiovascular health.Apricots reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes as they are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene. Potassium contros blood pressure and reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), thus minimizing the risk of heart attack and improving heart health. Dietary fiber scrapes the excess cholesterol from the lining of the vessels and arteries, thereby clearing them and reducing the strain on the heart.
Treatment Of Anemia
Iron and copper abundance in apricots help in the formation of hemoglobin and thus helps in the treatment of anemia. Anemia is nothing but iron deficiency in the body, and it can lead to weakness, fatigue, lightheadedness, digestive issues, and general metabolic dysfunction. Both of these minerals present in apricots make it a great tool to boost metabolism and keep the body functioning properly.