Experts always advise that seasonal fruits and vegetables be included in one’s diet. According to dietician Lovneet Batra, “seasonal fruits are perhaps one of the best contributions you can make to your diet.” The apricot is one such summer fruit that is a must-have throughout the hot months.
“Talking about apricots, a seasonal fruit is one of the healthiest fruits in the world,” the expert wrote on Instagram, “overpowered with a dense nutrient profile delivering a tonne of health benefits.”
Here are some reasons why you should eat apricots.
Vision that is in good shape
Apricots include a number of chemicals that are beneficial to eye health, such as vitamins A and E. Vitamin A is important for avoiding night blindness, while vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that protects your eyes from free radical damage directly. Apricots are high in ß-carotene, a pigment that is a precursor to vitamin A and gives the fruits their orange colour.
Improves cardiac health
Chlorogenic acid, ß-carotene, and lycopene, which are phenolic components in apricots, reduce the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and thereby improve the body’s antioxidative status. Furthermore, the potassium in the fruit helps to maintain electrolyte balance in our bodies, which keeps our cardiac muscles in good shape. Furthermore, the dietary fibre in apricots is beneficial in lowering LDL cholesterol by binding bile acids or cholesterol during the production of intraluminal micelles, lowering cholesterol levels in liver cells and boosting LDL cholesterol clearance.
Reduces the risk of steatosis in the liver.
Hepatic steatosis, often known as fatty liver disease, is caused by the intra-cytoplasmic accumulation of neutral fats in the liver tissues (FLD). Steatohepatitis, severe fibrosis, and cirrhosis may develop as a result of the disease’s incidence in the general population. Apricot has been demonstrated to aid in the treatment of hepatic steatosis.