Surprising health benefits of Dried Apricot

ABOUT DRIED APRICOTS

Dried apricots or Sukhi Khubani, are a type of traditional dried fruit, obtained from drying the fruit. The tiny sized fruit is probably the world's healthiest fruit.

Apricots have been cultivated in Central Asia since antiquity, and dried ones were an important commodity on the Silk Road. They could be transported over huge distances due to their long shelf life. Before the 20th century, they were ubiquitous in the Ottoman, Persian, and Russian Empires.

PHYSICAL FEATURES

When treated with sulfur dioxide (E220), the color is vivid orange. Organic fruit not treated with sulfur vapor is darker in color and has a coarser texture. Generally, the lighter the color, the higher the SO2 content.

Small apricots are normally dried whole. Larger varieties are dried in halves, without the kernel or stone.

NUTRITIONAL VALUES

These contain Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Sodium, Magnesium, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and C. These dried fruits are packed with ample of essential nutrients that are required for a healthy body along with combating many diseases.

HEALTH BENEFITS

1. Helps increase haemoglobin

Dried apricots are a very good source of iron that is useful to fight anaemia. This also contains copper that absorbs iron. Including dried apricots in your daily diet helps in haemoglobin production that can be useful for women who experience heavy flow during periods.

Dried apricots contain Vitamin K that is required for blood clotting in case of injuries and to prevent excessive bleeding. Consume a cup of dried apricots daily to get 4 mcg of Vitamin K.

2. Improves digestion:

Dried apricots have pectin. They also contain cellulose that is a mild laxative which flushes out unwanted waste and treats constipation. Cellulose acts as an insoluble fiber and pectin maintains water levels in the body during constipation.

Dried apricots are consumed before a meal to stimulate digestion. This contains the alkali that neutralizes acids and cleans the digestive tract.

It helps to heal damaged part of the liver. It prevents and reduces ulcer and kidney stone formation.

3. Helps in reducing fever:

Dried apricots help to reduce fever. Prepare a liquid or you can dilute with some honey using water. This can also give you relief from thirst.

4. Good for skin:

Dried apricots juice can be used to treat itching due to sunburn, eczema and scabies. This also helps to clear acne and many other skin problems. Apricot scrub is often used to exfoliate the skin and make it glowing and smooth.

5. Helps During Pregnancy:

Dried apricot has been used as herbal medicine since long in pregnancy. This can cure infertility, hemorrhage and spasms. The paste of this dried fruit can cure vaginal infections. This must be consumed moderately by pregnant and lactating mothers. During pregnancy, dried apricot fruits serve as excellent snacks instead of eating sweets and other snacks.

6. Regulate Heartbeat:

One of the best benefits of dried apricots include regulation of heartbeat. Dried apricots provide a very good source of potassium. Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte which is useful to regulate proper fluid balance. This helps in proper muscle function and regulates the heartbeat, to prevent a stroke.

7. Provides Good Vision:

Dried apricots contain nutrients like Vitamin A which is required for good vision. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that helps to remove free radicals and maintain the health of cells and tissues. Free radical damage can cause injury to the human eye lenses which can lead to cataracts or damage the eyes. Dried apricot intake reduces the risk of developing cataracts.

8. Relieve Asthma:

Dried apricots health benefits also include the ability to cure the symptoms of tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis.

9. Controls High Blood Pressure:

Dried apricots contain three times more potassium than bananas and contain only a trace of salt that helps to keep down blood pressure. Potassium has water-retaining properties than sodium, which lowers blood volume pressure. Potassium in dried apricots also protects against heart disease. It also helps brain to function without much stress.

10. Muscle and bone strengthening:

Dried apricots contain potassium which is necessary for bodily functions like improving metabolism and roles of the tissues, organs and other cells. Thus, it is important for muscle-building and normal body growth. The presence of calcium helps in bone formation.

It helps to regulate the levels of acid in the body and useful for protein synthesis.

11. Cure for cancer

Rich levels of anti-oxidants in Dried Apricot, especially in their seeds, prevent the risk of developing cancer. Cancer patients or people vulnerable to it, can consume the fruit regularly till the abnormal cells disappear.

12. Helpful in weight loss

The improved digestion and excretion system, automatically help reduce fat naturally. The low-calorie count also kills your craving for something sweet.

 

Source: Internet

 

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