The Health Benefits of Dried Apricots
Apricots are a rich source of dietary fiber, potassium, non-heme iron, calcium, and vital antioxidants for combating age, disease, weight, anemia, heart disease, vision problems and much more.
Below are some of the specific health benefits that apricots provide.
Heart Health - The fiber found in Eatnuts.com Dried Apricots work wonders for bad cholesterol, proven to reduce LDL levels and increase increase HDL levels, or good cholesterol, which lowers your risk of heart attack and works wonders for your overall heart health. The calcium found in apricots aids in healthy muscle structure of the heart, as well as nerve function and improves blood flow. The potassium in the apricots combines with sodium in the body, helping to regulate the water levels within and between cells, stabilizing blood pressure and warding off the development of hypertension.
Skin - High in B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, lycopene, apricots aid in the process of cell growth, helping to repair damaged skin, heal blemishes/acne, improve skin tone, condition, and slow the aging process caused by free radicals. The high level of antioxidants also helps to reduce wrinkles, making skin appear taut and youthful.
Eyesight - Like carrots, apricots are rich in beta-carotene that helps to reduce the risk of vision problems. The degenerative effect of free radicals is suspended by the powerful effects of Vitamins A, C, and E. Just two to three serving of apricots a day has shown to halt the process of age-related macular degeneration, while strengthening the optic nerves, reducing the risk of developing cataracts by nearly 40%.
Immunity - Apricots are incredibly cleansing for the digestive system, and encourage detoxification of the body. The rich levels of antioxidants and other potent antioxidant phytonutrients are essential for lowering your risk of developing cancer, and help your body to fight current malignancies and diseases. Antioxidants help repair and defend against free radicals that our bodies are exposed to on a daily basis; pollution, smoke, UV rays, pesticides, keeping your body running at its best.
Bone Health - Dried apricots are one of the best fruits you can eat for your bone health, packing around 70mg of calcium in a single cup. The recommended daily intake of calcium is 1,000 to 1,3000 milligrams per day, but most fall short - especially those who need it most. About 99% of the calcium in our bodies is stored in our bones and teeth, but if your calcium intake is low, the body will leech calcium from the bones to aid with muscles, heart and nerve function, blood clotting, and hormones. After age 30, the body stops focusing on building strong bones and the degeneration process begins, so it's imperative for adults to consume enough calcium to ward off osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases later in life.
Digestive Health - Just a half-cup serving of dried apricots provide 19% of the daily value for fiber, particularly soluble fiber, which is a special kind of fiber that is especially beneficial for breaking down fatty acids and combating gastro-intestinal disorders in the digestive tract (like constipation and diarrhea). Not only do apricots help balance the delicate digestive system, but that magical soluble fiber also helps in absorbing vital nutrients that may be otherwise missed from a system upset. And along with a happy digestive system comes a happy metabolism, helping maintain a healthy weight.