Its that time of year again…… of course we’re talking about “Peach Month” & Peach season! The sweet and versatile fruit is a favorite among many families as we don’t have a chance to get spoiled with it throughout the year. Peaches are best from June to the end of August and is the usual time we get our peaches here in the states. What you may not know about peaches is how surprisingly healthy than can be for you! Stick with us here for a few minutes and you’ll see how you can get a great health boost in the next month, while enjoying the flavorful fruit.
Did You Know?
- The peach or “Persian Apple” as the Romans called it is from the same species as nectarines.
- China is the largest producer of peaches with Italy coming in 2nd.
- More than 80 chemical compounds contribute to a peach’s aroma.
- The peach’s scientific name, Prunus persica, is a direct reference to the way the fruit traveled to Persia along the Silk Road.
So whats the big deal about Peaches? Well, Peaches are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other chemical components that carry major nutrition and health benefits. Below we’ll cover a few of the most impressive attributes of these little wonders.
9 Surprisingly Healthy Benefits of Peaches
Peaches are a very rich source of vitamins and minerals. Just some of the many vitamins include Vitamin A, C, E, and K and also include seven useful minerals (calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, Manganese and Phosphorus).
Peaches Are A Rich Source Of Antioxidants
Studies have shown that peaches are a good source of antioxidants like Chlorogenic acid, which works as an anti-inflammatory in the body. Peaches are also a good source of antioxidant, vitamin C. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious intruders and helps protect the body against those harmful free radicals. Its anti-oxidant effects which are required for connective tissue synthesis in the body are a nice addition too. Peaches are rich in many vital minerals such as potassium and iron. Iron as we know is required for red blood cell formation, while Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
Peaches Provide A Boost Of Fiber
We all know fiber is good for digestion & helping you stay regular. It can also help decreases belly bloat, and keep you feeling full longer to help you eat less and lose weight. Maintaining a diet that includes fiber-rich foods can help you lower your cholesterol and stabilize your blood glucose level as well.
Peaches Act As A Toxin Cleanser
We take in a scary amount of toxins daily (both through food & environmental pollutants) and it has a negative impact on our kidneys. In addition to fiber, peaches contain high amounts of potassium that help to reduce kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of ulcers.
Peaches Can Help Work Against Cancer
Numerous studies have found that, lycopene and lutein in peaches helps to prevent macular degeneration and cancer. Peaches and plums also contain a phenol that inhibits the growth of non-estrogen receptive breast cancer cells. Some researchers are even dropping the “Super Food” term about the many great benefits and properties of peaches.
Peaches Can Help Work Against Heart Disease
Peaches have been found to significantly decreases the risk of heart disease as they contain health promoting flavonoids like poly phenolic antioxidants lutein, zea-xanthin and B-cryptoxanthin. These compounds help act as protective agents against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
Peaches Contribute To Overall Eye Health
Beta carotene is a great resource to help with eye health (converts into vitamin A in the body). Peaches are a rich source of beta carotene that improves vision health by increasing circulation of blood while preventing many eye diseases and infections. It has also been shown to help prevent corneal ulcers and retinal damage. It’s counterpart Vitamin A is essential for vision & is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consuming dark natural fruits rich in vitamin A is also known to offer protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Peaches Can Help With Weight Control
Peaches can help you to lose weight, as one peach contains only about 60 calories, surprisingly with no fat. I don’t know many people who wouldn’t get excited by that. Because they are wonderfully delicious, low in calories & contain no saturated fats they can put some pizazz in a boring diet. In addition, as mentioned about the fiber can help a person feel full for longer, therefor curbing the appetite a bit.
Peaches Are Excellent For Your Skin
If we haven’t discussed enough great things about peaches, one of the major health benefits of peaches is for our skin. It’s a great source of Vitamin C which is widely used for skin care & skin health. You can get a great boost of Vitamin C from a large peach & apart from many health benefits, you can directly use peaches for skin care such dark circles and wrinkles.
Now that you’ve got some exciting information about this fantastic summer fruit, go out to your local co-op or farmers market and get peachy!…..Sorry I just couldn’t resist.
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