The healing nature: apricots encourage our bodies to defend against bacterial infections, restore damaged tissue, lower bad cholesterol in the blood and they act as a mild laxative.
As part of a large family of nuts to which they belong (plums, almonds, peaches and cherries) apricots have a special place. Golden-yellow color and well-remembered taste cleverly lure almost every customer that goes to the market and doesn’t leave without them.
Apricot grows as a shrub or a small tree with height of about 8-12 meters. Its flowers have the appearance of sitting blossom and can be develop alone or in pairs, usually before leafing of the plant. It’s interesting that it is able to withstand temperatures up to minus 30 degrees, although it is considered for a subtropical plant.
However, its origin is not precisely determined. Some argue that it comes from the regions of Central Asia and northeastern China, the area near the Russian border, some say even that it comes from the Korean peninsula and Japan. Others say it comes from Armenia. Anyway, we know that the ancient Romans from Armenia brought it to Europe at about 70 years BC. Today, apricots are most produced in Turkey, Iran and Italy.
Rich in nutrients and medicinal ingredients, apricots are usually processed and sold as dried. Nutritional value and composition of the fruit is amended by drying or heat treatment.
When drying, the concentration of sugar and calories increases, which is not recommended for diabetics and people with high cholesterol levels.
In contrast to this, fresh apricots contain a lot of water, but very few calories, therefore they are particularly recommended for obese persons. They should be included in your menu at high temperatures because they successfully restore lost fluids, as well as vitamins and minerals. As for the other useful ingredients in fresh apricots the most common is citric acid, vitamins A, C, B complex, especially B17 and beta-carotene. Apricots are also very rich in potassium, tannins and certain terpenes, which give a pleasant aroma.
Rich in vitamins and minerals, apricots strengthen defense mechanism against bacterial infections, promote the restoration of damaged tissues and development of teeth and bones and they are useful for improving eyesight. Due to the exceptional presence of beta-carotene, apricots have a beneficial effect on the heart, because it affects the lowering of bad cholesterol in the blood, as well as some other diseases.
Apricots are rich in plant fibers that stimulate digestion. Thanks to cellulose and pectin, they have a mild laxative effect, and if taken before a meal they stimulate metabolism. Due to the high iron content apricots are recommended for anemic persons, in order to increase their hemoglobin.
Apricot juice is considered extremely healthy and fresh and it comes with no preservatives or added sugar. It is particularly effective as a medicine for fever and skin diseases, and simultaneously cools and accelerates the elimination of waste products of digestion. Apricots and fruit trees have a favorable effect on the skin, and doctors recommend them against eczema or burns.
Apricot seeds are used in the food industry, mostly as a substitute for almond seeds. Italian liqueur Amaro is made from this seed, as well as biscuits. Apricot is very aromatic and tasty so there is an apricot brandy. Due to the richness in protein and essential fatty acids, the seeds are used in the cosmetic industry. It is used for the production of products intended for dry, older and wrinkled skin.
The power of raw seeds
Despite the poverty of the country, the Pakistani people of Hunza are extremely healthy, have a long lifespan and the presence of cancer is extremely rare. Western researchers have found that the key to the healthy life lies in consuming water rich in minerals and apricot, full of vitamin B17. The oil is used for cooking and dressings, but also as a face lotion. This way on average their daily intake of vitamin B17 is between 50 to 80 milligrams as opposed to the people of the Western world that hardly have 2 milligrams of this vitamin a day.
This data is very important, bearing in mind that some scientists claim that raw seeds can completely prevent the occurrence of cancer, timely killing malignant cells. They claim that if one eats fresh and crushed apricot seeds every day the risk of cancer is almost nonexistent.
The seeds are removed from the core and can be bitter, which is why they should be eaten with a bit of honey.