Apricot is a fruit of the apricot tree, Prunus armeniaca L., of the botanical family Rosaceae
Properties of Apricot
• Apricot contains sugars in rich amounts, mainly glucose and fructose.
• It also contains protein in significant amounts, which represents about 5% of the total content in dried apricot.
• Apricot contains low sodium and high potassium content. This helps in avoiding arterial hypertension, and also aids heart beat. It also contains high amount of Iron, and trace elements of great importance such as boron, fluorine, and manganese.
• Apricot contains reasonable amounts of vitamins of which Provitamin A stands out. The vitamins in apricot are attributed to most of its medicinal indications.
Health benefits / medicinal uses of Apricot
The following are some of the health benefits / medicinal uses of apricot:
• Eye diseases: The presence of Provitamin A in association with other vitamins and minerals gives apricot this property. Its consumption keeps vision in good condition as well as gives the eye more sparkle and beauty, which are properties of a healthy eye.
The consumption of apricots are highly recommended in cases of:
» Itching of the conjunctiva
» Conjunctival dryness
» Night blindness, and
» Loss of visual acuity.
• Nervous disorders: The consumption of apricots is highly recommended in cases of nervous disorders. They help in maintaining equilibrium within the nervous system. This property of apricot is due to its richness in trace elements.
Its consumption is highly recommended in cases of:
» Anemia: Apricot is highly recommended in cases of anemia causes due to the deficiency of Iron. Its high iron and provitamin A accounts for this.
A dried apricot contains more iron than a fresh one.
• Skin disorders: The presence of provitamin A and other constituents of apricot helps increase the body’s resistance to infections. Apricots are recommended in cases of:
» Eczema, and