Peach is a stone fruit that grows native in northern China and South Asia. The color of peaches are varied from yellow to red. Peaches have unique aroma and delicious fruits that make peaches become favorite fruit. The health benefits of peaches are various because peaches have are rich with nutrients such as vitamin A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, beta carotene, and minerals. Peaches are also rich with fibers and low calories. Therefore, it is no surprising if people eat peaches when they diet. The health benefits of peaches include:
Peaches are rich with antioxidants like lutein, beta-crytoxanthin, and zeaxanthin that can help the body ward off the negative effects from free radical agents. Antioxidant properties are not only found in the pulps, but they are also found in the peels.
Peaches contain anti-cancer properties such as phenolic and carotenoid compounds that can block the cancerous cells from growing and spreading especially breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. Chlorogenic and neochlorogenic acids can eliminate the cancerous cells without giving negative effects to normal cells, unlike the chemotherapy drugs.
Antioxidant compounds such as zeaxanthin and lutein protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation and prevent hyperproliferation skin cells that can lead to cancer. Flavonoid in peaches protect the skin from UV radiation which can cause the skin redness. Peaches are often used in cosmetic products because it contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds that can protect, hydrate, and rejuvenate the skins.
Carotenoid compounds in protect the eyes from various eye diseases and keep the eyesight from degeneration. There are few studies that have been researched about the health benefits of peaches to retina’s health. The results showed that the antioxidants in peaches protect the retina from age-macular degeneration, free radical agents, and other injuries that can cause retinal damage.
Peaches are rich with vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for pregnancy. Vitamin C in peaches improves the baby’s organ growth such as bones, teeth, muscles, and skins. Peaches are rich with minerals like irons and folates that most needed by pregnant women. Potassium in peaches relieve the fatigue and muscle cramps that pregnant women often feel and the fibers prevent constipation.
Peaches contain phenolic compounds that can improve metabolic system in the body. They are also rich with fibers that can improve the digestion systems and prevent obesity as well as stomach disorders such as colon cancer, constipation, and gastritis. Peaches are also helpful in natural detoxification.
Peach contains magnesium that can cause relaxing effect to nervous system. One study showed that combination between magnesium and vitamin B6 can calm the central nervous system of hyper-excitability children. Magnesium also plays great role in alleviating the depression symptoms. Therefore, peach is natural remedy for depression and hyper-excitability symptoms.
The health benefits of peaches to heart health are that they can lower the LDL level and raise the HDL cholesterol level. All of these can be happened because of phenolic compounds in the pulp and peels.