History tidbit: Did you know that the Chinese were the first to have cultivated this fruit around 4000 years ago? Never would have thought of that right?
The significance of this fruit is in its varied carotenoid content. Carotenoids are the pigments that make up our colourful fruits and vegetable. When consumed by humans, they have healthy beneficial effects on our body. And apricots contain the most powerful carotenoid; beta carotene.
Apricot for the Heart:
Apricots are heart disease warriors. Besides the significant amount of beta-carotene, they also contain lycopene. Both these compounds in scientific research has shown to combat against the oxidization of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which makes free radicals rampant and that means the onset of atherosclerosis: a condition whereby arteries are narrowed and stiffened blocking blood supply to your heart, and other various organs.
A study from Japan studied and followed more than 3000 men and women for more than a decade and found that high intake of carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lycopene were much less likely to be inflicted with cardiovascular diseases.
Once again, an American study that followed 73,000 American women over 12 years discovered that those who consumed the most beta- and alpha-carotene led to significantly less chance of developing coronary artery disease
Lastly, a study of 5000 Dutch men and women for 4 years found that those who consumed the most beta-carotene in their diets has a significantly lower chance of heart attacks.
Apricot for the Eyes:
Each time lightwaves transfer through the eyes, it provokes the release of destructive damaging free radicals to deteriorate the soft tissues in the eyes. Without taking good care of your eye health, you are potentially on the path to failing eyes, especially the onset of cataracts. These free radicals target the tiny blood vessels central to the retinas known as ‘maculas.’ With restricted blood vessels, this can ultimately lead to the most common loss of vision in seniors called Macular Degeneration. Apricots contains beta-corotene which is later converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamina A is a powerhouse compound that blocks the effect of free radicals. A study on 50,000 nurses found that those who consumed the most Vitamin A reduce their risk of cataracts by 33%. Three small apricots provides 55% of the daily value of Vitamin A
Fibers for Life via apricots:
Apricots contains a high amount of healthy fiber. 3 little apricots contain 3 gram of fiber, 12% of the daily Value at less than 50 calories. High fiber fruits helps you maintain a healthy weight, balanced blood sugar and lower high cholesterol levels. Most importantly, they help you maintain a healthy bowel movement , cleansing your colon to rid of unwanted toxins.
Finally, as with any health advice, always consult your doctor for your own personalized recommendation.
The information provided was to assist you in making better informed decision about your own health and nutrition. it is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor. If you suspect any medical problems, please consult a competent medical professional for help and advice.