The Primary Benefits of Juicing Apricots

September 2, 2013

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) is a healthy fruit originally cultivated in ancient Armenia. It is a healthy fruit to eat or juice and drink. Aside from its delicious taste, apricots are also very rich in vitamins and minerals that support healthy body system. These fruits are also high in antioxidants that help the body to eliminate harmful free radicals. In juicing apricots for drinking or adding to recipes, it is easier for the body to absorb nutrients, because digestion will be faster. Apricots are great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and iron. The largest producers of apricots in the world are Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Italy, Pakistan, Morocco, France, Armenia, Ukraine, Japan, and China.

Several studies reveal that apricots have anticancer properties, because of its high levels of an antioxidant called lycopene. This antioxidant is proven to neutralize the growth of cancerous cells and fight dangerous free radicals, which are toxins that results damage to cells, tissues and vital organs in the body. The harm inflicted by these free radicals often lead to mutations that could result to severe health conditions such as cancer. With lycopene from apricots, the body’s DNA integrity will be safeguarded from these harmful toxins and has been proven to minimize the risk of development of different cancer forms such as prostate, lung, stomach, skin and bladder.

Juicing apricots can also maximize the benefits of the fruit in fighting cardiovascular problems. The high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin C in apricots has been proven to control cholesterol levels and help in the prevention of cardiovascular complications such as heart attack and atherosclerosis. Vitamin C is an important component in collagen creation that is responsible for the elasticity not only of the skin but also the arteries. Inadequate supply of collagen in the body could lead to hardened arteries with plaque buildup, which could result to heart attacks and other problems in the cardiovascular system.

Consuming apricot in juice form is also proven to considerably improve eye health. Apricot juice is also rich in other forms of antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are mainly found on the skin of apricots, so it is highly recommended to blend the unpeeled apricots. They effectively protect the retina of the eye from dangerous effects of ultraviolet lights. Drinking regular unpeeled apricot juice can spare your eyes from different problems such as cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Apricot juice can also be healthy for smooth digestion. In fact, it has been long used by native Armenians to help in smoother bowel movement and in the treatment of digestion problems such as constipation and indigestion. It has been found through research that this is due to the fact that apricots are high in pectin and cellulose. The high levels of iron found in apricots can also prevent anemia and can even help in improving the production of hemoglobin in the body.

If you are into weight loss, apricot juice are also highly recommended to be incorporated into your diet. Apricots have very low calorie content and an ideal addition for any weight loss program. Meanwhile, a glass of apricot everyday can also help in easing  fever symptoms. Also, fresh juice from apricot could be applied to the skin to help in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema and scabies.

There are canned apricot juices that you can easily purchase from grocery stores. However, it is better to drink freshly blended apricot juice. Some important vitamins and minerals could be lost during the canning process, and the juice is also added with preservatives that may also pose risk to health. Moreover, it is also recommended to find a reliable blender to effectively provide apricot juice with top quality.

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