A tasty snack anytime, apricots not only taste good but they are very good for you.
Apricots contain several nutrients which promote good health, which in turn, can help you live longer. When it comes to apricots, there is definitely more than meets the eye.
Apricots are very high in beta-carotene and lycopene, both of which promote a healthy heart and prevent several types of cancers, including prostate cancer. These two nutrients also reduce the risk of developing athersclerosis and several cardiovascular diseases.
High concentrations of cancer-fighting agents are found in apricot seeds. Apricot seeds were used to treat tumors as far back as early A.D. Apricot oil has been used against tumors and ulcers for centuries.
Apricots have been considered an aphrodisiac for many centuries and has even been used as an inducer of childbirth.
Because of their high fiber content, dried apricots are sometimes used to relieve constipation with positive results after eating as few as three.
Apricots have some of the highest levels and the widest variety of cancer-fighting agents and antioxidants which help prevent heart attacks and reduce bad cholesterol levels.
In traditional Chinese medicine, apricots are thought to be helpful in detoxifying the body and quenching thirst. The Chinese also associate apricots with education. One Chinese philosopher from the 4th century even taught his students in a forum that was surrounded by apricot wood that had been harvested from the trees.
In the U.S., the Marines who operate the tanks will not eat apricots or allow them in their vehicles or even say the word “apricot” because of a superstition which revolves around Marine Sherman tanks breaking down in the presence of cans of apricots.
The vitamin A in apricots lowers the risk of developing contracts and the lycopene in apricots helps prevent Macular Degeneration, which is the primary cause of blindness in adults.
Apricots are also an excellent source of fiber, which benefit’s the digestive tract health by preventing constipation and diverticulosis which can promote intestinal and colon cancer.
The next time you are in the fruit section of your local supermarket, pick up a few apricot.
There is no better way to love your family than with healthy food. Not only are you helping them stay healthy, you are helping them live longer.
Albany Times Union (Albany, NY)
July 29, 1998