Apricots: vitamins, minerals and other properties

The apricot, a summer fruit rich in vitamins and minerals that protects from the damage of “bad” cholesterol. Vitamins, minerals and many other properties for apricots.The apricot is the fruit produced by Prunus armeniaca, a plant that belongs to the Rosaceae family. We find it on the market from around June to mid-August; it is a very digestible, low-calorie fruit with a very high rate of satiety.

Property

The apricot contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9, vitamin A and vitamin C, the mineral salts present in it are potassium, sodium, iron, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. Some university studies have shown that regular consumption of apricots brings significant benefits in the event of hypercholesterolemia. These fruits are in fact able to significantly lower the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood, moreover the apricots are rich in carotene, a powerful antioxidant, therefore they are able to reduce the risk of contracting tumors, mainly to the larynx, to the esophagus and to the lungs. The regular consumption of four fresh apricots a day provides 100% of the recommended daily dose of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that our body converts to vitamin A.

Because apricots are good

Apricots counteract free radicals and the formation of cholesterol plaques on the walls of the arteries, strengthen the immune system, then contribute to safeguarding the health of the eyes, skin, hair and gums, and finally balance blood pressure, are diuretic and slightly laxative thanks high fiber content.

Some advices

We must always remember to buy ripe apricots, to the touch they must be soft (but not soft), with a smooth and velvety peel, free of dents and wrinkles. Too much unripe apricots are difficult to digest so be careful and buy them only if they have a bright orange color. As always we recommend buying them only from organic farming.

Beware of dried apricots that we find in common supermarkets, these
are generally treated with sulfur dioxide (E220) which is used to prevent them from rotting and forming mold: in some sensitive people these substances can cause asthma, or allergic reactions very strong, here is another reason to buy them exclusively organic.

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