Top 6 health benefits of peaches

11:57 AM | 10 Aug, 2018
Top 6 health benefits of peaches
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LAHORE -  Peaches are juicy and versatile summer fruits that are native to China and South Asia.  Peaches belong to the family of Rosaceae, which includes fruits like plums and cherries. The inner flesh of a peach can range in color from white to yellow or orange.

There are two different varieties of peaches: freestone and clingstone, depending on whether the flesh sticks to the inner seed or easily comes apart.

Below are some of the amazing health benefits of adding Peaches to your diet:

1# Skin Care: The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form (in whole foods such as peaches) or applied topically, can reduce wrinkles, improve overall skin texture and help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. Vitamin C also plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.

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2# Aids in Digestion: Peaches are good for maintaining healthy digestive health due to their alkaline content and fiber. Dietary fiber in peaches absorbs water and helps in preventing stomach disorders like constipation, hemorrhoids, 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.

3# Diabetes: Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels.

One medium peach provides about 2 grams of fiber. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 21-25 g/day for women and 30-38 g/day for men.

4# Preventing Cancer: As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C, peaches can also help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.

While an adequate vitamin C intake is necessary and very beneficial as an antioxidant, the amount necessary to consume for treatment purposes for cancer is thought to be beyond oral intake.

5# Eye health: A higher intake of fruits has been shown to decrease the risk and progression of age-related macular degeneration. It is important to note that the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds, including peaches, are infinite.

As plant food consumption goes up, the risk of all lifestyle-related diseases (such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease) goes down.

6# Heart health: A higher intake of fruits (3 or more servings per day) has been shown to decrease the risk and progression of age-related macular degeneration.

It is important to note that the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds, including peaches, are infinite. As plant food consumption goes up, the risk of all lifestyle-related diseases (such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease) goes down.