Apricot Fruit Health Benefits Nutritional Facts

Apricot fruit

Apricot fruit is a healthy fruit; it contains low calories, high in antioxidants and dietary fiber. This fruit belongs to the Rosaceae family and its scientific name is Prunus armenica. These are closely related to Peaches. They are mostly available in sunny days. Fresh and dry apricots are equally beneficial.

What is Apricot?

Apricot fruits are sweet and smooth. Different types of apricot are available such as Armenian Plum, Plum blossom, Prunus Mandshurica, Prunus Sibirica, Prunus x dasycarpa and Prunus brigantine. Apricots are also used in the preparation of various jams, juices, jellies and squash.  Turkey, Algeria, Italy, Iran and Uzbekistan are the major producers of Apricots.  The health benefits apricot fruit include prevention of cancer, anemia, cardiovascular disease, improvement of vision, stronger bones and healthy skin.

What are the Nutrition Facts of Apricot Fruit?

Apricot contains vitamins, minerals and proteins. Here are the nutrition value per 100 grams (3.5 Oz), percentage of RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance):

Vitamins:

Vitamin A equiv.                    (12%) 96 μg

beta-Carotene                        (10%) 1094 μg

lutein zeaxanthin                   89 μg

Thiamine (B1)                       (3%) 0.03 mg

Riboflavin (B2)                      (3%) 0.04 mg

Niacin (B3)                             (4%) 0.6 mg

Pantothenic acid (B5)           (5%) 0.24 mg

Vitamin B6                             (4%) 0.054 mg

Folate (B9)                             (2%) 9 μg

Vitamin C                                (12%) 10 mg

Vitamin E                                (6%) 0.89 mg

Vitamin K                               (3%) 3.3 μg

Minerals:

Calcium                                   (1%) 13 mg

Iron                                         (3%) 0.4 mg

Magnesium                            (3%) 10 mg

Manganese                             (4%) 0.077 mg

Phosphorus                           (3%) 23 mg

Potassium                              (6%) 259 mg

Sodium                                   (0%) 1 mg

Zinc                                         (2%) 0.2 mg

Energy                                   201 kJ (48 kcal)

Carbohydrates                    11 g

Sugars                                    9 g

Dietary fiber                           2 g

Fat                                          0.4 g

Protein                                  1.4 g

Health Benefits of Apricot Fruit:

1. Prevention of cancer:

Apricot contains carotenoids and other antioxidants which help to prevent free radicals. Free radicals are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate their DNA into cancerous cells. Apricot helps to prevent cancer, heart diseases and aging skin.

2. Cardiovascular disease:

Apricot fruit contains potassium, Fiber and vitamin C. Vitamin C protects the heart from free radicals. Potassium lowers the blood pressure and fiber helps to reduce the bad cholesterol in the body.

3. Stronger bones:

Minerals necessary for bone growth like manganese, copper, iron and calcium are found in apricots. Apricots can ensure the healthy growth and development of bones, as well as preventing osteoporosis and arthritis.

4. Anemia or ischemia prevention:

Apricot contains copper and iron which help in the formation of hemoglobin. Deficiency of iron causes anemia and it can lead to fatigue, weakness, digestive issues and lightheadedness. Iron helps in formation of red blood cells. Both of these minerals boost metabolism and keep the body functioning properly.

Apricot fruit

5. Skin Care:

Powerful antioxidants are present in the apricot, which help treating a number of skin diseases like itching, scabies, eczema and other conditions. Apricot oil is good for skin; antioxidants protect the skin from the effects of free radicals which can lead to premature aging.

6. Treat Earaches:

Powerful antioxidants are present in the apricot oil. Dribble few drops into the affected ear canal and it would prove to be a fast remedy.

7. Anti-asthmatic:

Apricot oil is anti-asthmatic in nature and helps treating asthma and its related symptoms. It can help to relieve pressure and stress on the respiratory system and also prevents asthma attacks.

Read and Understand:

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