Written by Barbara Koltuska-Haskin, Ph.D.
Apricots are packed with nutrients and contain some natural soothing compounds.
the main points
- Apricot is a rare fruit that has nutritional and medicinal properties.
- Apricots contain some natural soothing compounds.
- Apricots are in season and delicious in summer salads.
Source: Barbara Koltuska-Haskin
Proper nutrition is essential to our body, brain and well-being. The healthier our body, the better our brain works.
Apricot is a rare fruit that has nutritional and medicinal properties. They are a rich source of nutrients and bioactive compounds.
Nutritional properties of apricots
Apricots are rich in dietary fiber, which helps you feel full for longer. They contain protein and fatty acids, and have a high content of vitamins and minerals. They are a very good source of vitamins A, C and E, but also contain vitamin K, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9 (folic acid). It is also a good source of beta-carotene which is a precursor to vitamin A. Regarding minerals, apricots contain potassium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, manganese and copper in small quantities. Apricots contain little sugar. They even contain less sugar than berries.
Medicinal properties of apricots
Apricots have been used in folk medicine for generations mainly as a detoxifying agent and to help improve the respiratory system. May help treat asthma and cough. Lots of research points to the crucial role of apricots in disease prevention and health maintenance. Apricots are a good source of fiber, which prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, maintains blood sugar levels, and helps reduce body weight. Eating apricots may help you lose weight.
Apricots contain xanthophyll (a plant pigment) which, according to some research, may improve night vision and help prevent age-related vision problems. Apricots also contain catechins (flavonoids), which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. They help regulate blood pressure, may prevent degenerative disorders, and may protect the brain from disease. Some studies suggest that apricots may have anti-cancer potential. Apricots also contain a good amount of bioactive phytochemicals, which have antioxidant capabilities. They protect the body from carcinogens. Apricots also contain vitamin B6, which helps the brain produce serotonin, which relieves depression.
How to eat apricots
Apricots can be eaten fresh, dried, frozen, or in jams, marmalades, jams, or pulps. They are delicious in summer salads. You can also use them in meat dishes; For example, chicken baked with apricots is delicious. You can also make beef and apricot stew. For dessert, you can add it to your ice cream.
Dried apricots are very popular and should be eaten more during the cooler seasons. They contain more vitamin A, E, potassium, and iron. Therefore, they make a great snack in the winter when fresh fruits are not available.
I rinse the apricots well and freeze them whole for a winter feast on a tray and later transfer them to a freezer bag and put them back in the freezer. I defrost them during the cold months and add them to my breakfast and smoothies to help me survive the winter in good health and in a good spirit.
Apricots contain a relaxing blend of Vitamins A and C, Potassium, Magnesium and Fiber. They also have melatonin, which helps us sleep. Therefore, apricots can be a good source for a bedtime snack.
Barbara Koltowska Haskin, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico with more than 30 years of clinical experience, and the author of How my brain works: a guide to understanding it better and keeping it healthy. Her book has won 2 International Book Awards and 5 National Book Awards.