Apricot Nutrients and Health Benefits

Apricot FruitI love eating fresh sweet apricots. Another reason I love apricots is because they are very healthy. Some people get confused between apricots and peaches. Apricots are smaller, less fuzzy and their kernels (or seeds) have a smooth shell. Peaches on the other hand are larger than apricots, and they have much fuzzier skin and their seeds have a really thick and veiny shell. In this article I’ll be talking mainly about apricots, but if you want to read about peaches, then go to this article called “Peaches Nutrients and Benefits“.

Binomial name of apricots is Prunus Armeniaca from the family of Rosaceae. In Russian language apricot is called Aбрикос, you can pronounce it like this Abreekoss, or something like that ;) Some people believe that apricots are native fruits of Armenia, because of its scientific name Prunus Armeniaca which means Armenian Plum. Apricot trees are pretty sensitive to big temperature changes, but the healthier trees should be able to withstand those temperatures.

The top 20 producing countries by quantity of Apricots in 2008 were: Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Italy, Algeria, Japan, Morocco, Spain, Egypt, Syrian Arab Republic, France, Ukraine, China, Greece, USA, Afghanistan, Russia, South Africa, and Lebanon. I found this data on Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations website.

Some people believe that apricot kernels (or seeds) in Central Asia and around Mediterranean are as yummy and sweet as almonds. For thousands of years now many countries from around the world have been using apricot kernels (or seeds) for different kinds of medicine treatments, especially cancer. Laetrile, also known as Amygdalin, or Vitamin B-17 is derived from apricot kernels (or seeds). Some scientists believe that it is not a Vitamin. Anyway, many people, organizations, or doctors believe that Laetrile is “The Cure For Cancer”. On the other hand the US Food and Drug Administration prohibits promoting, using, and selling Laetrile as The Cure or Treatment For Cancer. Why? I truly don’t know who to trust, but some study claimed that Laetrile is a toxic drug and is Not effective as a cancer treatment. Also, some believe that Purified Amygdalin (or Apricot Seeds) ingestion can cause severe toxicity and/or death due to cyanide poisoning. To read more about Vitamin B-17 you can Click Here.

Well, I don’t know who to believe about Vitamin B-17 now. I do know that both of them have to be telling the truth. Maybe people who overdose on B-17 get sick or die… I don’t know… You can overdose almost on anything, that is why you never consume too much of anything. Also, knowing that America is messed up because of its hungry-for-money doctors, it’s just very hard to believe anything that comes out of their mouth. Whatever you decide, just be careful. If it’s illegal to sell it as a drug in USA, then don’t do it, but if you do, then get ready to go to prison and pay a huge fine.

I can tell you this for sure, eating a normal portion of apricots themselves without the kernels can’t hurt you, instead it will only make you healthier. Why? Because the Nutrients in one cup (or 165 grams) of sliced raw Apricots are:

– Vitamin A (Large Amount)
– Vitamin B1, Thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
– Vitamin B9, Folate, Folic Acid
– Vitamin C (Good Amount)
– Vitamin E
– Vitamin K
– Protein
– Choline
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Sodium
– Zinc
– Copper
– Manganese
– Selenium
– Phytosterols
– Natural Fats
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids
– Natural Sugars
– Dietary Fiber
– Carbohydrates
– Calories

According to the amounts of these Nutrients in apricot, the Health Benefits are going to be:

Vitamin A:
– Improves Eyesight
– Supports Good Vision
– Fights Viral Infections
– Protects from Viral Infections
– Reduces Chances of Night Blindness
– Moisturizes Skin
– Moisturizes Eyes
– Moisturizes Mucous
– Antioxidant Support
– Protects from Free Radicals

Vitamin C:
– Improves wound healing
– Prevents cells from damages
– Improves gums health
– Improves teeth health
– Improves Immune System
– Protects from free radicals
– Reduces Aging
– Lowers Risks of some Cancers
– Improves Iron absorption
– Improves Lung health
– Prevents from frequent colds
– Protects from frequent infections

Dietary Fiber:
– Normalizes Blood Sugar Levels
– Normalizes Cholesterol Levels
– Regularizes Bowel Movement
– Helps prevent constipation
– Helps prevent hemorrhoids
– Supports Weight Loss

Potassium:
– Improves nerve function
– Improves muscle function
– Reduces confusion
– Reduces irritability
– Reduces fatigue
– Lowers chance of heart problems
– Lowers chance of high blood pressure
– Protects from chronic diarrhea
– Improves exercise ability

Here are some Apricot Fruit related products for you to consider ;) Nope, no apricot kernels, I’m not ready to go to prison for it, if you know what I mean…

Newman's Own Organics Apricots (Dried Fruit), 6-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12) Nature's Path Organic Granola Bars, Lotta Apricot, 5-Count Bars (Pack of 6) 18 Rabbits Nibblin' Apricot, Organic Granola bar 1.9-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

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