Peach is a juicy edible fruit that is mainly cultivated in China. It is a member of the stone fruit family (having one large seed in the middle) along with cherries, apricots, plums, and nectarines.
The inner flesh of a peach can range in colour from white to yellow or orange.
Peach is rich in a number of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C, zinc, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants.
Here are eight reasons for you to eat a peach.
Better eye sight
The fruit is rich in beta-carotene, which gets converted into vitamin A within the body. Beta-carotene helps in maintaining healthy eyesight and prevents various eye diseases that could lead to partial or total blindness.
It also guards the retinal tissues against the damage caused by free radicals and potential injury caused by high-wavelength light.
The alkaline and dietary fibre in the fruit absorbs water and helps in preventing stomach disorders like constipation, stomach ulcers, gastritis and irregular bowel movements.
It also helps in cleansing and eliminating the toxic waste from the intestines and preventing the body from contracting various abdominal disorders, including stomach cancer. Due to its laxative properties, peach also aids in the dissolution of kidneys and bladder stones.
Good for pregnant women
The fruit is valuable during pregnancy due to the presence of a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals. The folate content of peach helps in preventing neural tube defects like spina bifida.
Potassium content in the fruit helps in averting the muscle cramps and general fatigue common during pregnancy. The presence of fibre aids in healthy digestion and reduces conditions like constipation.
Eases stress and anxiety
Peach is a good source of vitamin B6 and magnesium, which help to prevent stress and anxiety in the body and aids in keeping the nervous system calm.
A deficiency of magnesium can affect the functioning of the central nervous system, resulting in hyper-excited muscles and increased activity of nerve signals.
Inhibits growth of cancer cells
Peach is rich in phenolic and carotenoid compounds, which possess anti-tumour and anti-cancer properties. They guard against breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer.
The chlorogenic and neochlorogenic acid present in peach inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells without affecting the normal cells.
Good for the heart
Phenolic compounds present in the peel and pulp of the peaches help in maintaining lower levels of LDL cholesterol and stimulating good HDL cholesterol. This aids in reducing the risk of developing heart-related diseases and helps maintain optimal cardiovascular health.
The fibre, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in peach all support good heart health
Boosts immunity against infections
Peach is rich in antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin, which help in hunting oxygen-derived free radicals and protect the body against the harmful effects of various diseases.
It is also rich in ascorbic acid and zinc, which possess effectual wound healing and antioxidant properties that help in fighting infections and reducing the prevalence and severity of diseases such as the common cold, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea.
Healthy bones and teeth
Peach contains phosphorous and calcium, the essential nutrients needed for strong bones and teeth and the repair of bodily tissues.
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