Apricot: Properties and benefits

The apricot is a delicious seasonal fruit rich in extraordinary healthy properties. It is undoubtedly, together with cherries, one of the most appreciated summer fruits. It is particularly rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene) which makes it a precious ally for the health of our skin and vision as well as the mucous membranes of our internal organs. It also contains discrete quantities of vitamin C, vitamin E and PP which give it antioxidant properties. It is very rich in carotenoids such as lutein zeaxentin which also boast antioxidant properties and are very effective in counteracting the damage caused by free radicals. Its high water content (approximately 85%) as well as the richness of fiber it contains make it an excellent stimulator of intestinal function and therefore a precious ally of our immune system. It is particularly rich in mineral salts (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, etc.) which make it an excellent tonic for the human body, especially in summer when body sweating is very high and mineral salts are therefore lost in large quantities. Taken between meals, even in the form of juice, it is certainly beneficial for our health.