We’ve been joining in the Apricot craze this Summer with the launch of our brand new Nākd Apricot Crunch Bar… but why is everybody so enamoured with this humble fruit? Well, there are a bunch of benefits which have been laid out below by our nutritionist Lucy-Ann.
From a health and nutritional perspective, apricots are pretty special and certainly worth shouting about! For starters, they’re very rich in beneficial dietary fibre and along with plenty of essential vitamins & minerals, they are rich in iron which is important for any plant-based eater.
So, what are the health benefits of apricots? Here is a closer look…
Apricots have fairly good amounts of all the minerals necessary for healthy bone growth and formation. Calcium, phosphorous, manganese, iron, and copper all play a role in bone metabolism, and all are present in apricots! Regular consumption of apricots therefore, along with other great “bone foods” such as leafy greens, nuts and seeds, help to prevent weakening of the bones and developing bone conditions such as osteoporosis.
Apricots are an excellent food to protect the heart. The beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium and even the fibre all contribute to normal heart functioning. Vitamin C for example, protects the heart from free radical damage, whilst potassium lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and arteries.
What about apricot oil?
Apricot oil or apricot kernel oil as it is also referred to, is an odourless oil pressed from the kernel of the fruit. As well as used in cooking because it is rich in monounsaturated fat, it is often used as a massage oil as it’s not too sticky and can really soothe dry, chapped skin.
Apparently, apricot oil is one of few oils that has a lipid content similar to that of our skin! Topical application of apricot oil helps to soothe and heal rough, scaly, dry, or irritated skin. It rapidly penetrates and nourishes the skin and also helps to relieve itchy skin.
All round winner
Apricots sit among a family of foods which are notable for containing the highest volumes of carotenoid content, both in terms of quantity and variety. Carotenoids are also known as “pro-vitamins”, as they can be converted in the body to Vitamin A. Vitamin A serves several important biological functions in the body, mainly connected with the immune system, as well as skin and bone health.
So next time your tucking into this fabulous fruit with its tantalisingly sweet and tangy flavours, you can enjoy and appreciate it in all its healthy glory.